Matt Harvey pitched the finest game of his young career, which is saying something given his dominance thus far. He faced one batter over the minimum in nine innings of work, striking out 12, walking none, and allowing just one baserunner on a weak infield single. Unfortunately, the Mets didn't score any runs in regulation, and extra innings were needed. This was no marathon, though; Bobby Parnell tossed a scoreless top of the tenth inning before Mike Baxter won it in the bottom half of the frame with an RBI single.
Back to Harvey. The young stud had a perfect game through 6.2 innings before Alex Rios broke it up with an infield single to shortstop. Harvey's game score was 97; for comparison, Johan Santana's was 90 for his no-hitter last season. Harvey touched 98 mph on the radar gun and pitched the first inning with a bloody nose (see picture above). He's like a real-life Sidd Finch. How many days until his next start?
Harvey's White Sox counterpart Hector Santiago pitched a gem of his own, striking out eight in seven innings while allowing just four hits to a quiet Mets lineup. The Mets finally broke through in the tenth inning off Sox reliever Nate Jones. Ike Davis led off with a walk, moved to second base on a Juan Lagares bunt, and came home on Baxter's pinch-hit single.
Game Thread Roll Call
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