Johan Santana pitched an absolutely amazing game, throwing 103 pitches in 7 innings, 67 of those for strikes. Santana gave up Sammy Sosa‘s 598th career homer in the 2nd, but Justin Morneau was there in the 4th for a 2-run shot to give us the lead. Justin was also there in the 5th with a 3-run home run, his 13th of the year and second of the game. That was the 7th time in Justin’s young career that he’s had two or more homers in a game. Torii Hunter added his own 2-run home run in the 8th to make it 7-1. Michael Cuddyer scored on each of those homers 

Santana only gave up 4 hits, and although they completed the cycle (a single, a double, a triple, and a homer) they only amounted to that one run. Johan also walked two, both times the recipient being Sosa. The big story has to be Johan’s 13 strikeouts, though. Oh, and all of them were swinging strikeouts, too. He struck out the side twice, and had at least one in every inning he pitched. It was important for him to go deep into the game, with Glen Perkins just placed on the Disabled List and Dennys Reyes likely to follow (he’ll have an MRI on Thursday to see what needs to be done). Pat Neshek struck out the side in his 1 inning and Joe Nathan came in to get two strikeouts on just 10 pitches. 

Jason Bartlett also has a sore shoulder/back and has been sitting out recently. Nick Punto has played short while Luis Rodriguez played third base last night. 

The Twins play at 1:00 PM today and Boof Bonser will be pitching for us. Let’s hope he can pull out another Win so we can win the series and get on a roll.