Game 60: Washington Nationals
Johan Santana looked like the Cy-Young winner we saw last season, but the offense couldn't get him any run support, and the Twins lost their second straight game to the Nationals 3-1. Santana made just one mistake, and that was the three-run homerun that he gave up to Ryan Zimmerman. On the other hand, the Twins offense got shutdown by Levale Speigner, a guy with a 9.10 ERA coming into the game.
Johan Santana has always pitched his best baseball after May, and that was the case yesterday. While he didn't strikeout a bunch a people, he limited the hits, and allowed just the three-run homerun. His final line was 7 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs (2 earned) and 5 strikeouts. Unfortunately, he picked up another loss and is now 6-6 with a 3.24 ERA.
The bullpen was good after he exited, holding the Nationals to just one hit and no runs. Juan Rincon pitched first, and went 1.1 innings allowing just a hit. Carmen Cali came in next and got the final two outs of the ninth inning allowing no hits and striking out one batter.
The offense was horrible, and that you can probably tell already. They managed just two hits off of a horrible pitcher, Levale Speigner. One of those hits was Justin Morneau's seventeenth homerun of the season in the second inning. Other than that, they didn't score any runs, and managed to get just four more hits scattered throughout the game.
For more stats, make sure to check out the Box Score.
Today the Twins will face another no-name pitcher as they take on the Nationals at 1:10 CT on WFTC29 (FSN Outstate). The Twins will send out Boof Bonser (4-2; 4.12) to face off against Mike Bacsik (1-2; 4.13).