Every pitcher has one of those days, and today, Johan had one of those days. Mets just cannot seem to beat the Cubs as they couldn’t finish their late inning rally, losing 8-7.
Johan Santana simply just did not have it today. And unfortunately, he didn’t have enough back up to cushion the blow. He gave up seven earned runs, five runs being from three different homeruns he gave up to total thirteen allowed hits. First batter of the ball game, Reed Johnson, takes the first pitch for a ball, and sends the second pitch over the wall. After the Mets took the lead, Santana gave up a solo run in the fourth, followed by five runs in the fifth thanks to homeruns from Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Baker. Santana’s demise would end there as he gets pulled after only four-and-two-third innings pitched.
Santana threw 89 pitches in his short start, allowing those seven runs on thirteen hits. His only high point being that he didn’t walk any, and struck out six. The seven runs is a season high for Santana. The thirteen hits allowed by Johan match his career high. His ERA is now 3.24 and gets his fifth loss of the season.
Ramon Ramirez has shown up in rare form. He’s been mostly an unreliable reliever this season but tonight he was great. Two-and-a-third innings of shutout relief only giving up one hit and one walk. However, Miguel Batista did not fare as well as Ramirez. With one out, he gave up a base hit, a walk, followed by back-to-back hits to allow a run in the eighth inning. Batista took the ninth, gave up one hit, but got his three outs.
It was a close one down to the end. Down by four runs in the ninth, the Mets did everything they could to come back. Kirk strikes out, Jordany Valdespin with another pinch-hit solo homerun, walks from Tejada, Murphy, and Wright to load the bases, Ike Davis with a pinch-hit two-run single to right. Mets bring it within one, runners on first and second with one away, Lucas Duda at the plate and…right back at the pitcher for a double play to end the game. Tease.
Other offense being from Ronny Cedeno and David Wright who both had a double and an RBI in the game. Lucas Duda with his twelfth homerun of the season. Mike Nickeas with a sac-fly RBI, and Justin Turner who had a four hit night with a double and an RBI.
Justin Turner going 4-for-4 on the night, tying his career high.
Andres Torres is day-to-day with a back strain. Probably back after All-Star break.
Jordany Valdespin’s twitter account says that he is “the man right now.” And he is as he continues to be a closer’s nightmare at the plate.
Dillon Gee faces Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs to continue the last series of the first half. First pitch at 4:10 PM.
On a brighter note…