Projected: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

Actual: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Johan Santana pitched a great game, however he had less strikeouts than innings pitched. That is not a bad thing in this case, though, because he only gave up a run and allowed the Twins to get the lead and have him on for the win. I was right on with the innings pitched, runs allowed, and walks, and close with the hits but way off with the strikeouts. It doesn’t matter though because he pitched good and got the W (his 15th of the year).

The Twins scored the brunt of their runs in the bottom of the third, with Jason Tyner reached on an error and Jason Bartlett got Tyner to third and advanced himself to second on the throw at third. Nick Punto walked to get the bases loaded, and Mike “Smell ’em” Redmond came through with a two-run single. He advanced to second on the throw to third, where Punto was safe. Michael Cuddyer then singled, scoring Punto and advancing Redmond to third. Michael did not advance to second, though :). Justin Morneau followed with a double, scoring Mike R. Mike C., however, was out at home on the throw. They tried to argue it, but let’s be honest. I have never seen an argument go in favor of whoever started the argument, and that held true last night. Luckily nobody was tossed though.

Torii Hunter, in the midst of his two strikeouts, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th to put the game out of a save situation. No matter, as Joe Nathan came in to pitch the 9th and got a 1-2-3 inning.

As promised, Johan’s stats since 2003 for when he pitches after the All-Star break:

|36-3|2.10 ERA|243 H|80 BB|366 K|

Pretty impressive.

There is no game today, however there will be a post tomorrow about a funny video clip and some iPod stuff, so be sure to check it out.