Cardinals no-hit for 8th time in team history
Fernando Valenzuela was last in 1990
Fernando Valenzuela was last in 1990
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Posted Jun 1, 2012


The New York Mets’ Johan Santana accomplished something done less than once per decade – no-hitting the St. Louis Cardinals.

At New York’s Citi Field on Friday night, Mets right-hander Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in his team’s history – in their 8,020th game since coming into existence in 1962.

On the other end, it was the first no-no thrown against the Cardinals since 1990, when then-Los Angeles Dodger and later Cardinal Fernando Valenzuela did it.

Santana’s gem was the eighth no-hitter against the Cardinals in their long history, with the first having been in 1919. It was only the sixth to have gone a full nine innings. Among the earlier victors Santana joined are Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Gaylord Perry.

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf, here is the full list.

No-hitters thrown against St. Louis Cardinals, team history

Player Date Tm Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR BF AB
Johan Santana 6/1/2012 NYM W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 0 0 0 5 8 0 32 27
F. Valenzuela 6/29/1990 LAD W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 0 0 0 3 7 0 30 27
David Palmer 1984-04-21 (2) MON W 4-0 SHO5 ,W 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 15 15
Tom Seaver 6/16/1978 CIN W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 0 0 0 3 3 0 30 27
Gaylord Perry 9/17/1968 SFG W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 0 0 0 2 9 0 29 27
Don Cardwell 1960-05-15 (2) CHC W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 0 0 0 1 7 0 28 27
Sam Jones 9/26/1959 SFG W 4-0 SHO7 ,W 7 0 0 0 2 5 0 23 20
Hod Eller 5/11/1919 CIN W 6-0   9 0 0 0 3 8 0 28 25

When the 32nd batter, third baseman David Freese, struck out swinging for the final out, it was the first time that occurred in these eight no-hitters.

Final outs in no-hitters thrown against St. Louis Cardinals, team history

Date Final hitter Final out
6/1/2012 David Freese strikeout swinging  (Thole C)
6/29/1990 Pedro Guerrero GDP (Valenzuela-Samuel-Murray)
4/21/1984-2 5th-Mike Ramsey groundout (Little-Francona)
6/16/1978 George Hendrick ground out (to Driessen)
9/17/1968 Curt Flood strikeout looking  (Dietz C)
5/15/1960-2 Joe Cunningham lineout LF (Walt Moryn)
9/26/1959 7th-Gino Cimoli strikeout looking  (Schmidt C)
5/11/1919 Frank Snyder unknown





Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnationblog.com. Also catch his Cardinals commentary daily at The Cardinal Nation blog. Follow Brian on Twitter.

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