With all of the days off and rainouts the Mets have had recently, Matt Harvey hasn’t pitched in a week. There were concerns that the break in his usual routine would negatively effect him. When will everyone learn that nothing fazes this kid? All Harvey did was go out against the White Sox and take a perfect game into the seventh inning, eventually throwing nine one-hit, shutout innings. But the Mets couldn’t score, either, and they would win the game in 10 innings.
Not even a bloody nose could bother Matt Harvey. The game was delayed a few minutes because Harvey was dealing with the issue. The crack Mets medical staff couldn’t stop it, so he pitched the first inning with blood coming out of his nose. It had no effect on him whatsoever.
With two outs in the seventh and Citi Field praying for a second franchise no-hitter, Alex Rios hit a ball into the hole at shortstop. Ruben Tejada made a nice play and one of those Derek Jeter jump throws, but Rios beat the throw by a hair to break up the perfect game.
Meantime Hector Santiago was nearly as good for the White Sox. The Newark native who grew up rooting for the Mets held his boyhood team scoreless in his seven innings, allowing just four hits, striking out eight and walking two. He was removed after throwing 111 pitches.
Harvey made it through nine innings, allowing just that one hit, no walks and a career-high 12 strikeouts. He threw 105 pitches, which was apparently enough for Terry Collins. So Matt Harvey pitches the best game of his life and gets a no decision for his considerable efforts.
Ike Davis led off the 10th inning with a walk. He was sacrificed to second. Pinch hitter Mike Baxter came through with a single to right to score Davis for the 1-0 win. Bobby Parnell, who pitched the tenth, gets the win. But we all know who was the star of this game.