Tuesday May 7th 2013: Former Met Robin Ventura now managing the Chicago White Sox (13-18) came to town to play Terry Collins' Mets (13-16) in front of 23,394 fans at Citi Field.
There was a lot of excitement around the Mets young pitcher; Matt Harvey. Harvey came in to the game at 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA & 46 strike outs over his first six games of the year.
He had only allowed more than one earned run in one of his starts & had pitched into the sixth innings all but once.
Harvey was on once again this night, pitching on three extra days rest & getting through a bloody nose in the 1st inning, he was well- almost perfect. Actually through the first six innings he had a perfect game going, not allowing a hit or a walk & had struck out eight batters.
In the third David Wright helped out with a fine fielding play at third saving a hit. There was an excitement & a loud ovation with every out, especially the strike outs. It was what has become known as a "Harvey Day".
In the 7th Harvey struck out Alejandro De Aza for the second time to start out the inning. Jeff Keppinger followed with a ground out to short. Then Alex Rios spoiled the perfect game with an infield single to short. Mets short stop Ruben Tejada made a fine play & almost threw Rios out, but he beat it by a hair. The crowd gave Harvey a standing ovation & the game continued, as Harvey struck out Adam Dunn.
Harvey came back with a strong 8th inning & in the 9th he ended on a high note striking out pinch hitter Jordan Danks & De Aza for the third time.
Unfortunately on the other side White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago had shut the Mets down for seven innings & relievers Matt Lindstrom& Nate Jones the same through nine.
In the 10th Bobby Parnell came out for New York, he got Keppinger to ground out & then struck out the next two Sox batters.
In the bottom of the 10th, Ike Davis led off with a walk & was moved over by a Juan Lagares bunt. Next up Queens native; Mike Baxter came up & singled down the right field line bringing in Davis with the winning run. It was another exciting Mets walk off.
Matt Harvey had gone nine innings, allowing no runs no walks & one hit while striking out 12, his second highest total of strike outs in a game on the season. Parnell saved it to complete the 38th one hitter to date in Mets history.
Quotes- Matt Harvey: " I was having fun, anytime you go out there & are able to pitch like that & get outs it becomes a lot of fun".