Pulled during a no-hitter

Mets starter Pat Zachry, who came over from the Cincinnati Reds in the Tom Seaver trade, had a perfect game through 2 innings before stepping up to the plate with Doug Flynn on first and Hubie Brooks on third with no outs in the top of the third inning. Zachry hit into a 1-6-3 double play, pulling a leg muscle trying to beat out the throw (Brooks didn’t score on the play.) Roy Lee Jackson took the ball in the bottom of the third and continued the perfection for four more outs before giving up a single to Pete Rose in the fourth – the 3,060th time the Mets’ lost their chance at the franchise’s first no-hitter. A four-hit fifth inning gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead, and they held on for a 2-1 win in a game with a total of six Phils’ hits.

April 12, 1981, Wrigley Field, Chicago

Tim Leary threw 2 innings of no-hit ball against the Chicago Cubs, with his only baserunner reaching on a two-out second-inning walk and advancing on a wild pitch. Leary got the third out, but was forced to leave the game with a sore right elbow, according to the N.Y. Times. Reliever Pete Falcone took the mound for the third and kept the no-no going until the fifth inning, when he gave up a one-out single to Ken Reitz to make it 3,077 games without a Mets no-hitter. The Mets won 2-1, but Leary would not appear in another Mets game until Sept. 25, 1983.

Oct. 3, 1981, Shea Stadium, New York

Mike Scott, who would go on to pitch a no-hitter as a Houston Astro five years later, retired all three batters he faced in the first inning of this game against the Montreal Expos. But, according to the N.Y. Times, Scott was dealing with a lingering elbow issue and Manager Joe Torre didn’t like how he was throwing. Ed Lynch took the hill for the second inning, and after getting Gary Carter to foul out on a pop-fly, he gave up a single to right by Lance Parrish for the 3,178th Mets game without a no-no. New York lost 5-4 in a matchup that turned into a nine-hitter.

June 22, 1982, Shea Stadium, New York

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