On May 23, 2004, the Mets’ Tom Glavine had a no-no in tact heading into the eighth inning, and fans at Shea were growing increasingly excited and tense as they now stood for every at-bat.
After Glavine got the Colorado Rockies’ Jeromy Burnitz to fly out to left and struck out Matt Holliday, up to the plate stepped Kit Pellow, a 30-year-old Kansas City native who broke into the Majors in 2002 with the Royals. Pellow took a pitch in the dirt, then drove a 1-0 changeup over Shane Spencer’s head to the right-field wall for a double.
The Mets’ no-hitter drought would continue.
Glavine struck out Rene Reyes to end the inning, then retired pinch hitter Todd Greene (caught looking), Denny Hocking (F9) and Royce Clayton (F6) to salvage the 4-0 complete game shutout.
Last I heard, Pellow was playing some pretty good ball in the Mexican League, but I haven’t heard an update in a few years.
May 13, 1970 – New York Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 0 – Wrigley Field No-no killed by Ernie Banks eighth-inning single
Gary Gentry, the winning pitcher in Game 3 of the World Series, retired the first 12 batters during this Wednesday afternoon contest at Wrigley Field before issuing a leadoff walk to Ron Santo in the fifth.
Gentry got Johnny Callison to ground into a 6-3 double play and kept his no-hitter alive until the eighth inning, when the legendary Ernie Banks hit a two-out single to left and extended the Mets no no-hitters streak to 1,330 games.
Gentry hit pinch-hitter Willie Smith with a pitch in the ninth but retired the next two batters for a Mets 4-0 win and the team’s fifth one-hitter.
Gentry helped his cause with the bat in the fifth inning by singling home Wayne Garrett, who had a 2-for-3 day with a double and triple after replacing third-baseman Joe Foy, who was hit by a pitch in the second.
When would the next Mets’ one-hitter come? Two days later during the club’s very next game in Philadelphia.
Ruben Tejada’s second-inning RBI double continues the Padres’ no-hitter drought, moving the count to 6,951 regular season games without a no-no.
When Johan Sanatana tossed his no-no last June and broke the Mets’ streak of 8,019 games, it left San Diego as the only no no-no club. We’re still looking for a Padres fan to take over a companion site, padres.nonohitters.com.
48 years ago today, on March 21, 1965, the Mets threw their first no-hitter. *
* it came in a Spring Training Game.
In St. Petersburg, Fla., that day, Gary Kroll and Gordy Richardson combined for a nine-inning no-hitter during a 6-0 contest. Page 30 of the 1965 Mets yearbook sports a picture of Richardson throwing a pitch in the ninth inning and another of Kroll and Richardson getting congratulations from the Mets front office brass the following day.
I wonder if either pitcher knew we’d still celebrate that moment until June 1, 2012.