(NEW YORK) — The wait is finally over for Mets fans. After 8,020 games played as a franchise, the New York Mets finally have a no hitter to their credit thanks to Johan Santana.
In the team’s 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, Santana forever etched his name in Mets history after his perfomance in Citi Field. He walked five batters, struck out eight, but most importantly, he didn’t allow a single hit.
Santana threw a career high 134 pitches despite being on a pitch count. He missed all of last season with a shoulder injury and many questioned if he’d ever regain his form as one of the best pitcher in baseball. The Mets as a franchise had previously thrown 35 one-hitters.
“I just couldn’t take him out,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
“We did this together,” Santana said after the game. “It is not just about me. We had a great, great game tonight. Everyone participated. We did the little things the way we were supposed to do it. And it worked out good. I thanked them because we as a team made history tonight.”
This was the third no-hitter this season. The San Diego Padres are now the only team in Major League Baseball without a no-hitter to their credit.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN