Johan Santana had his second subpar effort in a row, and gave up 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits. He walked 3 and struck out just 3, obviously it’s very rare for him to walk as many as he strikes out.

Santana has terrible stats at Fenway, and they didn’t disappoint tonight. 5 innings pitched, the aforementioned 6 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts, plus a homerun. David Ortiz hit it off him in the first, making Ortiz the record holder for most HR in a season by a Red Sock. Ortiz later hit another solo homer off of reliever Matt Guerrier.

Guerrier didn’t do a good job of relief, to put it bluntly, but luckily the game was out of hand anyways. He threw 1 and 2/3 innings, gave up two solo homers, walked 1 and struck out 1. The only hits he gave up were the homers, though.

On a positive note, Minnesota native Glen Perkins came in to relieve Guerrier. Glen threw 1 and a third innings of hitless ball, with 1 groundball out, 2 flyball outs, and a strikeout.

The Twins’ offense had a chance in the 7th with runners on first and second, nobody out. Torii Hunter was up to bat. On the first pitch he saw, he grounded it to the shortstop for a 6-4-3 double play. Hunter did end up with 2 of the Twins’ 8 hits though.

Joe Mauer was 2-for-4, raising his average to .345. As of right now, the leader in average is Freddy Sanchez, who is playing as I write this. He’s 0-for-1 but it lists his average as .346.

The Tigers did lose today, though, so we’re still a half-game back. We were technically the division leaders before our game ended, but obviously that didn’t last.

I think it’s sad that in the NL West, the division leader is the San Diego Padres with a record of 79-72. If we were in that division, we’d have clinched a playoff berth and have a 10.5 game lead over the Padres. What may be more astonishing is that the rest of the division (4 teams), aren’t eliminated from the playoffs. The Rockies are clinging with 3 games as their elimination number, and they are 10 games under .500. The AL Central truly is a tough (great?) division this year.

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