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
|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)|
|6/16/1978||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)|
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