NEW YORK -- Don't think Josh Johnson, Randy Choate, Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn will be boasting about this to their grandkids when they're older. But they made big-league history earlier this evening when the four pitchers walked four Mets batters in succession.
Can you say "major league first?"
That's right. According to Elias Sports Bureau, which knows everything there is to know statistically in major league baseball, that had never happened before. But happen it did at Citi Field, where -- for the first time since Abner Doubleday -- four batters in a row were walked by four different pitchers.
It all started when Johnson issued his first free pass of the night, a two-out walk in the seventh to Lucas Duda. That's when Ozzie Guillen began a series of three trips to the mound. First in was Choate, who was brought in to face Ike Davis. Mets manager Terry Collins countered with pinch-hitter Justin Turner, who became the second player to walk.
Cishek was brought in for Choate and walked pinch-hitter Scott Hairston to load the bases. Guillen turned to his 'pen one more time, summoning Dunn, who promptly walked Josh Thole to force in the tying run.
Four Mets batters. Four Marlins pitchers. Four walks. New major league record.
Interestingly enough, they were the only walks issued by Marlins pitchers the entire game.