I haven’t made a post in awhile but it’ll be back to daily ones, especially being in good spirits after Johan Santana‘s dominating performance last night. He threw a complete game shutout, allowed just 4 hits, didn’t walk anybody, and struck out 1. Yes, just 1, and it came on his 84th pitch of the night (he threw just 92 to complete the game). He also was 1-for-4 at the plate with a walk and a double, and a run scored. In all of Santana’s 157 Major League starts he’s recorded at least one strikeout. This was his 4th career shutout, 2 of which have come against National League teams. Also, TV broadcaster and should-be-a-Hall-of-Famer Bert Blyleven told Johan before the game that if he threw a complete game shutout, Bert would shave his head. Watch tomorrow’s pre-game to see if it takes place.
Even though the team scored 9 runs and got 12 hits, nobody hit a homer. I guess that shouldn’t surprise me, with the lineup that was in place having only 45 homers between the 9 of them, with 42 of those coming from Justin Morneau (20), Torii Hunter (14), and Michael Cuddyer (8).
Luis Castillo was 0-for-5, making him 0-for-18 in the past 4 games. It’s possible he’ll be given tonight off, with Nick Punto or Jeff Cirillo taking his place. Speaking of Cirillo, he collected 3 hits in 5 at bats last night. In his last start on Saturday, he went 3-for-4 with an RBI. He also got an RBI in the game yesterday.
Scott Baker pitches for us tonight, but he’s facing Oliver Perez. Baker’s ERA is two-and-a-half times bigger than Perez’s, so I think we might need those 9 runs to show up again. Knowing how the Twins are streaky, scoring 1 or 2 or even 0 in one game and scoring 8 or 9 or 10 the next, Baker could give up just a solo homer over 9 innings and lose the game.