Five things to know…
1. Tylor Megill had to work early, throwing 43 pitches over the first two innings, but he didn’t allow a hit and walked just one hitter his first time through the order. In the fifth, Megill walked Kyle Schwarber for a second time and walked Didi Gregorius as well, but he struck out Odubel Herrera to end the inning, still having not allowed a hit.
But with the right-hander’s pitch count up to 88, Buck Showalter elected to pull him and hand things off to the bullpen. Megill did not allow a hit in five innings, striking out five and walking three. His season ERA dropped down to 1.93.
2. Aaron Nola was also on his game early, allowing just two hits while striking out five over his first three innings of work. But the Mets got to him in the fifth, as an Eduardo Escobar single and Mark Canha double put two runners in scoring position with one out. Jeff McNeil then brought both runners in with a two-run single to center, driving in the game’s first two runs.
3. Pete Alonso helped pad the Mets’ lead in the bottom of the sixth, swinging at the first pitch against Nola and blasting a solo home run to left, his fourth homer of the season. With the no-hitter still intact, Alonso extending the Mets’ lead to 3-0.
4. Drew Smith kept the no-no intact through the sixth inning. He walked Bryce Harper with two outs, but ultimately struck out Nick Castellanos to keep things going. Smith stayed in to strike out J.T. Realmuto in the seventh, ending his night with four strikeouts on five batters faced.
Joely Rodriguez entered the game and walked Schwarber but then immediately forced Alec Bohm to hit into an inning-ending double play, as the Phillies remained hitless.
Rodriguez stayed on to start the eighth, and after getting the first out he walked pinch-hitter Johan Camargo. Seth Lugo then came into the game and recorded the final two outs of the inning on a pair of pop-ups.
5. It all came down to the ninth inning, with Edwin Diaz in for the save. Diaz struck out Harper to start the inning, got Castellanos swinging for the second out, and then punched out Realmuto to end the game, capping off an incredible night.
In every no-hitter, there always seems to be at least one incredible defensive play to keep it alive, and the Mets got one from from Brandon Nimmo in the third inning, as he made a diving catch to rob Jean Segura of a potential hit.
The no-no is the Mets’ second, joining Johan Santana‘s on June 1, 2012. It’s the 17th combined no-hitter in MLB history, and the fourth no-hitter thrown at Citi Field.
The Mets and Phillies continue their weekend set on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY and the SNY App.