7,650: Willingham’s in-play ball turned slam sinks Mets

Slammed early

Josh Willingham’s first-inning in-play-ball-turned-grand slam off Mets’ ace Johan Santana led the Washington Nationals to a 5-2 win over New York at Citi Field Sunday.

The umpires originally ruled the ball in-play, but they awarded Willingham with the slam after reviewing the instant replay. His blast scored Nyjer Morgan (lead-off triple), Willy Taveras (walk) and Adam Dunn (walk), giving the Nats an early 4-0 lead.

In fact, it was Morgan’s triple that killed Santana’s no-no, advancing our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,650 New York Mets games with no such rare feat. It also gave our No-hitters killed by first at bat page its first action of the season. Here’s the rundown of that:

  • 1,750 games began with a leadoff hit by the Mets’ opponent
  • 1,302 potential no-hitters were broken up by a single
  • 285 potential no-hitters were broken up by a double
  • 58 potential no-hitters were broken up by a triple
  • 105 potential no-hitters were broken up by a home run
  • 932 of those games were played on the road
  • 818 were played at home (36 at Citi Field, 746 at Shea Stadium and 36 at the Polo Grounds)

Former Met Livan Hernandez got the win for the Nats by throwing 7 solid innings of shutout ball, yielding just five hits and three walks.

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