Minnesota Twins salvage another game on their long West Coast road trip thanks to Ervin Santana.
The Minnesota Twins have mostly struggled since the All-Star break concluded. The team went from buyers to sellers and from consistent winners to seemingly losers in what seems like the blink of an eye. Ervin Santana is not going to accept that, though.
Santana did it all on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres. Santana pitched his fifth complete game of the season in a 5-2 victory. The All-Star allowed only four hits and one walk while striking out nine in the outing in San Diego. He also got the offense going when Santana notched two RBIs with a single grounded right over the first base page to give the Twins a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Two batters later, Eduardo Escobar hit a single to left that scored two runs including Santana scoring from second giving the Twins a 4-0 lead.
The only blemish on the start for Santana was a two run homer to cleanup hitter Jose Pirela. Otherwise, it was quite smooth sailing for Santana as he only needed 110 pitches to pitch all nine innings of the ball game.
Miguel Sano capped off the scoring for the Twins and the ballgame with a shot to center. In the sixth inning, Sano hit a solo shot 428 feet to give the Twins a 5-2 lead.
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The Twins scored all of their runs off of Padres starter Luis Perdomo. Perdomo went six innings for San Diego and allowed seven hits. The Twins didn’t get on base at all against the three Padres relievers used in the ball game.
Joe Mauer batted leadoff with Brian Dozier getting the day off. Mauer and Sano were the only Twins batters with multiple hits both notching two hits. No Padres hitter had more than one hit.
The Twins now return home for a six game home stand. First, the Texas Rangers visit Target Field for a four game series starting on Thursday. The Milwaukee Brewers then come in and visit for two games before the two teams travel to Milwaukee for two more.
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