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August 20, 2007 / Tony

Santana’s Gem

I was lucky enough to be at the Metrodome yesterday to see the Twin’s ace, Johan Santana pitch against the Texas Rangers.  Here’s a picture of Johan warming up:

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He then put on a show.  He only gave up two hits over eight innings (both by Sammy Sosa) and no earned runs.  What is even more remarkable is that he struck out 17 batters in the course of the game.  That is a new Twins record and three shy of the major league record of 20 strikeouts (held by Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood).  Here’s a picture of him getting ready for a pitch:

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The crowd was incredible and was cheering every pitch.  Fans just don’t see that kind of dominance very often.  He struck out five of the first six batters and struck out his last six.  Even more amazing was the fact that out of 113 pitches, only four were sliders.  Otherwise, he dominated a lineup with a fastball and a changeup.  It was a beautiful thing to see.  Here’s a picture of his “K’s”.

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I feel so lucky to have been able to attend the game-the only game I will attend all year long.  Now if the Twins could just start to hit. . .

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