It was Hector Santiago's 2nd start as a Twin, and his first in front of the home crowd. After struggling in his Twins debut, he likely wanted a good start to endear himself to his new home. He did not do this.
The scoring started with two outs in the first. Carlos Correa took Santiago deep to left for a 2-run shot. Miguel Sano responded to that in the bottom of the 2nd with a solo shot of his own. I think we're all glad he's not in AAA after-all!
Santiago foiled any Astro attempts at scoring in his next 4 innings, while a pair of homeruns by Brian Dozier and Robbie Grossman gave Minnesota the lead.
The lead was to be very brief. Santiago loaded the bases pretty quickly to start the 6th. Correa came back up and doubled in 2 runs with a little help from a Max Kepler error. Marwin Gonzalez grounded out for the first out of the inning, but also drove in the one man Correa did not.
Michael Tonkin came in to replace Santiago and managed to end the inning. Houston would trickle in a run in both the 7th and 9th to add to the beating. Kurt Suzuki doubled to lead off the bottom half of the 9th, and later scored on a Brian Dozier groundout. It wouldn't be enough as the Twins fell 5 to 7.
Santiago (10-6) got the loss. Mike Fiers (8-5) would net the W. His name is also pronounced FIRES and I will remember that until the next time I say his name. Ken Giles also got himself his 2nd save of the season.
Kurt Suzuki: 2 for 3, with a double and a walk.
Hector Santiago: 5.1 IP, 5 runs (4 earned.)
Eddie Rosario: 0 for 4 with 4 Ks. Ouch.
Anyone batting with RISP: Team RISP 1-11.
Comment of the Gamethread, or Math is Fun with James Fillmore:
"I just did some rough calculations on this
If the history of the universe was 162 baseball games long, the history of humanity would be about the length of one pitcher getting the sign and throwing the ball"
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