Reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper was impressed with Mets backup starter Tylor Megill.
Megill’s five innings in the no-hitter combined thrown Friday night by five Mets pitchers extended his scoreless streak against the Phillies to 10 ¹/₃ innings in two starts this season.
“I think he’s really good,” Harper said after the game. “He has very good things. It has a very good length on its radiator. It’s as if you were there, and then you’re not. He does a great job of pitching.
“He uses his strengths, heats up, slides, changes. I thought all around they threw the ball well tonight, and sometimes when that happens things go well and, you know, no hits.
Megill combined with Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz for the second no-hitter in Mets history, nearly 10 years after Johan Santana’s 2012 gem.
It was the 20th no-hitter against the Phillies in franchise history, and the first since Josh Beckett for the Dodgers in 2014.
“We have two more games here,” Harper said. “We just didn’t make it. So sometimes it’s going to happen, sometimes your lineup just doesn’t show up, and we didn’t show up today and that can’t happen of course. So we have to go out there and do our job tomorrow and Sunday as well. »
Kyle Schwarber drew three of six walks issued by Mets pitchers, but Diaz sniffed out Harper, Nick Castellanos and JT Realmuto on the ninth to seal the historic night for the Mets.
“Forget. That’s the best way to bounce back,” Castellanos said after the game. “What are you going to learn by not getting any hits? You just forgot it. Short-term memory. , enjoy the night in New York and get ready to play [Saturday]. …wash it off and get ready to come back in a streak.
With the Yankees during his playing career, Phillies manager Joe Girardi caught a no-hitter from Dwight Gooden in 1996 and a perfect game from David Cone in 1999. He was also the manager of the Marlins when Anibal Sanchez pitched a no-no in 2006.
“What’s great is that it only counts as one loss, doesn’t it?” Girardi said after the game. ” It’s a big problem. I’ve been involved with them – I still think the other side, though. I don’t know if I’ve ever managed a game where we weren’t hit.
“But I’ve seen a lot. It’s a very exciting time right now, but it’s still a game. … [Saturday] is a new day.
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