The New York Mets’ Noah Syndergaard retired the first 18 San Diego Padres he faced on Tuesday, losing his perfect game when Will Venable led off the seventh inning with a single.
The Mets rookie fireballer worked out of the seventh-inning jam to protect a 2-0 lead and ended the night throwing eight innings with no runs, three hits, no walks and nine strikeouts. The Mets won 4-0 to pull within one game of the first-place Washington Nationals in the National League East.
Dirk Lammers is a veteran journalist who began rooting for the New York Mets in the early-1970s when the team’s no no-hitter count was barely 2,000 games old. Lammers has since turned his research into Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats (Unbridled Books) and NoNoHitters.com, where he maintains the Internet's largest archive of no-hitter information.