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Ervin Santana and his second compete game shutout

Posted by Hosken Bombo Disco , 23 May 2017 · 1,243 views

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Ervin Santana is on top of his game.

Earlier this evening, Santana blanked the Baltimore Orioles in a complete game win. It's his second complete game shutout on the season. Santana allowed just two hits, two walks, no runs, and no baserunners after the fifth inning.

Santana owns a 7-2 record with a 1.80 ERA in ten starts. In 70.0 innings, he has allowed a mere 31 hits.

After tonight, Santana has now won all four of his road starts, allowing just one run in 29.0 innings in those starts.

The bottom of the ninth inning in tonight's game was a thing of beauty. Leading off and trailing by two runs, Adam Jones took a fastball and then a slider out of the zone, working Santana to a favorable 2-0 hitter's count. Then, like a true poker player, Santana stared down Jones and threw a thigh-high fastball, which Jones took for a strike. That ran the count to 2-1 and back in Santana's favor. Jones grounded out the next pitch. Then Manny Machado came up, fell behind 0-1, and couldn't lay off pitches out of the zone after that, striking out on a slider in the dirt. Mark Trumbo then came to bat and grounded out on the first pitch to end the game.

Great pitch-calling, great execution of those pitches, great approach to batters the third and fourth times through the order, no doubt also some great scouting reports and comparing of notes when necessary as the game went on. Santana was in complete control. Great pitching is truly an art. Now excuse me while I go fetch a handkerchief.

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I agree completely that Santana is at the top of his game. He was always a cool customer, but this season he seems to be in a kind of Zen frame of mind on the mound. He seems totally unconcerned, almost careless as he confers with his catcher buddy what to throw next. In Baltimore today, the light rain seemed to irritate Santana more than any particular pitching situation. He seemed to be dispatching the Orioles batting order with all the stress of sorting socks before you put them in your dresser. 

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