Ubaldo Jimenez threw the Rockies’ first no-hitter in franchise history Saturday night against the Braves. However, that game may not have been the most noteworthy of the day.
The Mets outlasted the Cardinals, 2-1, in 20 innings at Busch Stadium. Here are some of the notable nuggets:
This was the second time in history that a 20-inning game and a no-hitter occurred on the same day. On April 27, 2003, Philadelphia’s Kevin Millwood no-hit the Giants, while St. Louis and Florida played a 20-inning game.
The game lasted 6 hours and 53 minutes. When Jaime Garcia threw the first pitch at 4:14 p.m. EDT, the first of four NBA playoff games (Bulls-Cavs) was at halftime. Since then, 10 quarters of NBA basketball were played (2nd half, plus entire Bucks-Hawks and Heat-Celtics games) before the game finally ended.
The game was scoreless for the first 18 innings. It was the first MLB game to go that long without a run since the Expos and Dodgers went 21 scoreless frames on Aug. 23, 1989. Los Angeles won, 1-0, in 22 innings on a Rick Dempsey home run.
The Cardinals used TWO position players as pitchers. Infielder Felipe Lopez threw a scoreless 18th inning and Joe Mather pitched the last two innings. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that it's the first time a team used two position players as pitchers in a game since July 20, 1990, when Dave Martinez and Junior Noboa pitched for Montreal.
Mather gave up two runs (both on sacrifice flies) and took the loss, becoming the first non-pitcher to get a decision since San Diego’s Josh Wilson picked up a loss last season in an 18-inning game with Florida on June 7.
Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse entered the game as a defensive replacement in left field in the 18th inning. He recorded two putouts.
Angel Pagan went 3-for-6 in the game. The rest of the Mets were 6-for-55 (.109).
The teams combined to go 1-for-25 with runners in scoring position. The Cardinals were 1-for-18 and the Mets 0-for-7.
Jeff Francoeur knocked in one of the Mets runs but his average dropped 76 points (.457 to .381) after an 0-for-7 effort.
Of the 20 innings pitched by the Mets, 19 of them were scoreless. The only pitcher to give up a run was Francisco Rodriguez – and he got the win!
The teams combined to use 46 players. The Mets used every player except Friday’s starter Oliver Perez. Even Sunday starter John Maine made a pinch-running appearance. Mike Pelfrey picked up his first career save.
The Mets went 1-for-30 against fastballs. They entered the day 21st in the majors hitting .269 against fastballs, and are now down to 26th, hitting just .238 against heaters! Just as shockingly, they hit .357 against sliders and changeups (3-9 and 2-5, respectively). They entered the game hitting just .250 against those two pitches.