Photo: Franciney Horodyski
Coming into Friday night’s game the New York Mets played 8,019 games without a no hitter. That all changed on game 8,020.
During spring training Santana and the Mets didn’t even know if the lefty would even pitch Opening Day. Santana the ace of the New York Mets underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder in September of 2010. It’s the kind of injury known to ruin pitchers’ careers. Santana would miss all of the 2011 season.
Santana has been on a pitch count of about 110 all season, so with six outs to go Mets manager Terry Collins had to make a tough decision with Santana’s pitch count at 119.
According to Santana during the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Mets opened an 8-0 lead, Collins found Santana at the end of the dugout. “How are you doing?” Collins asked him. “I feel great,” Santana said. Collins was overcome with emotion. “You’re my hero,” he told Santana. Collins was in the hot seat. Do you keep your ace in the game or take him out?
Top of the eighth inning came and Santana headed to the mound. 27,069 fans stood on their feet and when the eighth was over you could hear the hearts of the fans beating. During the ninth Santana had to face the heart of the Cardinals line-up. Matt Holliday lined out to center field. Two outs to go. Allen Craig flied out to left field. One to go. Last batter David Freese, Santana fell behind 3-0 and came back to strike out Freeze swinging.
Written by HS News Sports Writer: Tim Horodyski