Much like “Smooth,” the era-defining hit by Carlos Santana featuring Rob Thomas, Ervin Santana has been a hot one in 2017, like seven inches from the midday sun. The opposition would hear him whisper, and his pitches melt every batter, but he stayed so cool.
In June, though he has come back to earth quite a bit, and that was on display Friday, as a botched double play and an excuse-me dong proved to be his undoing in Kansas City’s 8-1 victory.
The game started with promise, as Erv sailed early while an RBI single by Miguel Sano gave the Twins an early 1-0 lead.
EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT THE GAME WAS BAD.
In the 4th inning, Santana fielded a comebacker that would have been an easy double play. However, he airmailed the throw to 2nd, allowing both KC runners to find safe harbor. Eric Hosmer followed that up with a very unlikely oppo dong, which looked for all the world like a foul ball when it left his bat.
It was not.
The wheels officially came off later in the inning, as Erv allowed four more hits and two more runs. With Jason Vargas settling down after the early RBI, that was all KC needed, but they kept piling it on just to be sure. Mike Moustakas belted a solo dong off Santana to make it 6-1 in the 6th, and that was about it for Erv, who was chased after an ensuing triple by Alcides Escobar. Alex Gordon’s sac fly off Alan Busenitz plated Escobar, and Santana’s ERA is now over 3.00. It’s concerning!
STUDS: Jorge Polanco made a real nice play in the 7th. Alan Busenitz gave the rest of the bullpen a night off. Other than that, pickings are slim for the Twins from this one. Jason Vargas was pretty damn good.
DUDS: Santana. Lot of self-inflicted harm, which has not been the norm this season.
ROBOT ROLL CALL:
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Enjoy your weekend, everybody.