The New York Mets, who were famously beat by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 NLCS, have their place in Cardinals lore, and now St. Louis has the same in Mets history. On Friday night, Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history in an 8-0 victory. It wasn't easy for Santana, who walked five Cardinals hitters and threw 134 pitches coming off of shoulder surgery, but his reaction to the final out showed that he thought it was more than worth it.
Santana's ninth went smoother than most of the previous innings, as Santana retired the meat of the Cardinals' lineup in order. Matt Holliday started the inning by lining softly to centerfield, which was followed up by Allen Craig flying out to left fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Santana then started what would be the final out by falling behind David Freese 3-0, but he fought back and eventually struck Freese out on a patented change up.
Looking at the big picture, the slumping Cardinals fell to 27-25 on the season with the loss.