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Tigers 6, Twins 3: Santana’s short start stings

Ervin Santana’s quickest exit of the season comes at a very bad time.

Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

On a very humid night in Minneapolis, Ervin Santana wilted, and the Twins followed suit, dropping the first game of a 3-game set with the Detroit Tigers, 6-3.

It was apparent early on that Erv was not working with his best stuff, as the 3-ball counts amassed with a quickness. Victor Martinez opened the scoring with a solo dong in the second, then after a run-scoring double from Justin Upton in the third, he piled on with a 2-run dong in the fourth. A triple and wild pitch later, the score was 5-rip, and Santana was headed for the showers after notching just 10 outs on 95 pitches.

To their credit, the Twins did not lay down and bask in the moist air, tallying three runs in the bottom of fourth of Detroit starter Anibel Sanchez on a Miguel Sano RBI single and a 2-run single from Ehire Adrianza.

After that the bullpens took over, which was weird, since one of the bullpen people was Matt friggin’ Belisle, who almost pitched three entire innings with no major incidents, somehow. Craig Breslow did surrender a run in the 9th, because he’s Craig Breslow, which was the end of the scoring.

In other news: Jaime Garcia hit a grand slam for Atlanta. I’m just reporting facts.

STUDS: Sano, Belisle (I know, weird), Adrianza

DUDS: Santana.


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