In simple terms, Santana did not have a successful return to the mound in a 9-3 loss to the Braves on Saturday evening.
Well, Johan Santana made his return to the mound on Saturday evening to the tune of a broken guitar, to be nice about it. He was not technically hit hard, but he was hit frequently as a plethora of singles led to a plethora of runs. Santana lasted just four outs in this one and was charged with eight earned runs off eight hits and a walk. The Braves led off the game with back to back singles, and Santana responded with back to back strikeouts, which put a little hope into the hearts of our fans. Freddie Freeman, however, had other plans and hit Santana for a two-out, two-run double. After getting out of that jam, he walked the first batter in the second, and allowed singles to five of the next six batters he faced. Even opposing starter Kris Medlen joined in on the action, which was tough.
Santana was pulled with two men on base and six earned runs allowed, but the first man Jeremy Hefner faced pulled off his best Chipper Jones impression (Freddie Freeman again) and took him deep for a three run homer. This closed the book on Santana and the Braves scoring overall, as Hefner would go on to record 11 outs after that without allowing another run. Manny Acosta, Jon Rauch, and Frank Francisco combined for a subsequent scoreless four innings, while striking out eight.
The scoring seemed like a case of way too little, too late in this one. Andres Torres picked up an RBI single in the second inning to make it 9 – 1. Ruben Tejada drilled an RBI 2B and Wright picked up an RBI single in the eighth to give the Mets three runs overall, but that wraps it up really. Eight hits overall for the Mets offense – Tejada/Torres each had a pair. The team struck out eleven times.
Kris Medlen driving home a run and continuing the assault against Santana, who was really off tonight.
Here comes the news that will probably make things look even more bleak.
Santana, in his past four starts, has allowed at least six earned runs in every single one of them. This has caused his ERA to jump from 2.76 to 4.58 and his record to fall to 6 – 8.
Since Santana’s last win, which was a shutout over the Dodgers on June 3rd, the Mets are 11-24. He managed to get in only about 43 pitches tonight. The 1.1 IP is tied for the shortest of his career.
Jason Bay came in as a pinch hitter and went 0 – 2 with 2 K’s.
Jon Niese (8-6, 3.82) looks to put the Mets back on track against the Braves, who will counter with Ben Sheets (4-1, 1.41) at 8:00 PM.
Is it weird to think we might have had a shot at Broxton or Sheets? I do not know the details of the situation, just curious in terms of depth… Eh.