Johan Santana‘s ridiculous 123-game streak of consecutive starts lasting at least 5 innings was broken last night, with him leaving after just 3 because of an 80 minute rain delay. It sucks it had to happen because of Mother Nature, but with nothing to play for it wasn’t a bad decision. The game only lasted 5 1/2 innings with Nick Blackburn pitching the last two, allowing 7 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), and 1 home run with 2 strikeouts. Santana will not pitch again this year, so his final numbers are a record of 15-13, an ERA of 3.33, 235 strikeouts in 219 innings pitched, 52 walks, and a career-high 33 HR allowed.

 

Rondell White, in what figures to be his last week as a MLB player, hit a double with the bases loaded to drive in 3 runs. That helped the Twins jump to an early 4-0 lead after the top half of the first inning. Santana’s 3 walks in the bottom of the 2nd helped Detroit to score 3 of their own, with 2 of those being earned to Johan. The best the Twins can do now is finish exactly .500, but that would require winning 4 straight games; something they’ve done just 5 times this season.

 

The team is now in Boston with tonight’s game scheduled to start at 6:05. Boof Bonser (7-12, 5.09) will take the mound for us against potential Cy Young Award-winner Josh Beckett (20-6, 3.14).

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