Tylor Megill of the New York Mets and four relievers combined for the first no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season, tossing 159 pitches and defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Friday night.
After five innings and 88 pitches, Megill was removed from the game. The bullpen took control, with Drew Smith, Joely Rodrguez, Seth Lugo, and Edwin Daz finishing the Mets’ second no-hitter.
Daz closed it off in style in the ninth inning, striking out Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos, and J.T. Realmuto — all swinging — with the crowd of 32,416 up to and screaming, “Let’s go, Mets.”
“It’s a team game,” Megill explained.
“I’m overjoyed. “It’s insane,” he exclaimed. “This is the first one I’ve been a part of.”
Mets pitchers combined to strike out 13 batters while walking only six.
On June 1, 2012, Johan Santana threw the Mets’ only previous no-hitter, striking out eight batters in 134 pitches in an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. This was the Mets’ 9,499th regular-season game since their inception as an expansion team in 1962.
Brandon Nimmo, the Mets’ center fielder, made the outstanding defensive play of the game, diving to snag Jean Segura’s sinking liner in right-center to end the third.
After the final out, the Mets flocked to the field and surrounded Daz as a graphic depicting the five pitchers with the words “BLACKOUT” appeared on the scoreboard.
The Mets’ first-year manager observed Buck Showalter, “It’s fun to watch.”
It was the 17th combined no-hitter in MLB history and the first since Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers no-hit Cleveland on September 11.
There were a record nine no-hitters in the majors a year ago.
Six pitchers for the Tampa Bay Rays combined to take a no-hitter into the 10th inning in a scoreless game against the Boston Red Sox last weekend. The Red Sox broke up the no-hitter in the top of the 10th inning, scoring twice, but the Rays rallied to win 3-2. Because the Rays pitchers did not finish the game allowing no hits, it did not classify as a no-hitter under MLB rules.
Since Josh Beckett pitched a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014, this was the first no-hitter against the Phillies.
In his 23rd major league start, Megill (4-0) struck out five and walked three batters. Before Daz took over, Smith got four outs, Rodriguez got three, and Lugo got the final two outs in the eighth inning.
In the fifth inning, Aaron Nola gave up a two-run single to Jeff McNeil (1-3). In the sixth inning, Pete Alonso hit a two-run home run with two outs.
A SUCCESSFUL MEETING
Showalter said he and Mets players had a productive exchange with MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Morgan Sword and veteran major league pitcher Dan Otero during their meeting on Friday.
The meeting was supposed to occur last week, but Showalter had to cancel due to a medical procedure on April 20. The two teams met two days after the Mets and St. Louis Cardinals engaged in a benches-clearing brawl after New York’s Yoan Lopez threw up and in on Nolan Arenado a half-inning after J.D. Davis was hit in the ankle by a Genesis Cabrera offering.
Showalter explained, “We had our pitchers in there and some position players – we got all elements of it.” “Morgan offered some information that (players) might not have been aware of, and (players) presented some information.” That’s how you make good decisions: you listen to the folks who are actually throwing and hitting baseballs and the ones who are working tirelessly to enhance our game.”
ROOM FOR TRAINEES
Davis (left ankle) was available off the bench for the Mets. “Things are going well so far,” Showalter remarked. It’s gotten better.” “It wasn’t necessary to do any additional imaging.”
COMING UP NEXT
RHP for the Phillies After beating the Colorado Rockies on Monday, Kyle Gibson (2-1, 3.47 ERA) is trying to win his second straight start.
RHP for the Mets, Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00 ERA), is set to return from the disabled list. On April 12, one day after pitching two perfect innings against the Phillies in his season debut, he was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis.