If it wasn't for human error, the Mets would still be searching for their first no-hitter. But that misjudgment on Friday night made Carlos Beltran think Johan Santana's no-hitter was destined to be. In the top of the sixth inning, the Cardinals' Beltran, the ex-Met making his return to Citi Field, hit a ball down the third base line that hit the chalk past the bag. However, third base umpire Adrian Johnson ruled the ball had landed in foul territory. TV replays showed the ball clearly had hit the chalk — it had gone over the bag fair — and should have been a hit, and Santana's no-hit bid should have been over. Beltran grounded out to third on the next pitch. Beltran thought he should've had a hit, but took the call as a sign that it was Santana's and the Mets' night to star. "You know what, when things are meant to happen, they're gonna happen," he said. "So, you know, it was in front of our face, he saw it foul. I thought it was a fair ball, but at the end of the day, you know that one hit wasn't gonna make any difference in the ballgame." Jose Oquendo, the Cardinals' third base coach, was livid about the call and got into a heated exchange with Johnson. Cards manager Mike Matheny came out and had his own go at Johnson, but the umpire appeared adamant about seeing the ball land foul. Neither player nor manager was ejected. After the game Johnson explained his decision: "I saw the ball hit outside the line just foul." Johnson then said he had seen the replay, and when asked for his thoughts on it, he said, "No comment." Oquendo was nowhere near as worked up about the play after the game. "Sometimes the play goes your way, sometimes it goes against you. That's part of the game," he said.
Umpire Adrian Johnson's missed call on Carlos Beltran's hit down the line lets Johan Santana catch break
New York Daily News | Jun 2