Santana dominates Giants with bat, arm in 4-0 Twins win

Ebony Scott
June 10, 2017

Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana was asked to choose his favorite personal highlight Friday night.

NOTES: RHP Ervin Santana's three RBIs were the most for a Minnesota pitcher since RHP Luis Tiant had three against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970. His contributions with the bat on the other hand were a pleasant surprise.

"The kind of game the manager likes", Twins skipper Paul Molitor said after the error-free, 2-hour, 27-minute affair.

"When a pitcher is that good, it makes you look flat."
He walked one and struck out five.

"I felt comfortable, threw a lot of strikes and kept the ball down for the most part", he said. They're also 1-4 in their last five games following a win, are 2-10 in Santana's last 12 starts coming off five days of rest, and are 2-6 in their last eight interleague road games.

Moore struggled in a no-decision against the Phillies on Sunday, surrendering five runs (four earned) on six hits over his four innings of work.

Hill had the only extra-base hit for the Giants, who have lost eight of their last 11 games.

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Already down 1-0, the Giants pitched around C Jason Castro with 2 outs to get to Santana with the bases loaded.

Two high-strikeout pitchers are set to duel Saturday afternoon when the Minnesota Twins and San Francisco Giants continue their three-game interleague series. "He made it look easy". In Friday's game, Nunez posted one hit; Posey went 0-for-4. "He's a great pitcher, but I know he's not a very good hitter and we got burned by an AL pitcher".

Moore (L, 2-7, 5.28 ERA) labored through the fourth, pitching around Jason Castro to load the bases for the pitcher. "They don't take BP (batting practice) or anything".

Moore departed after six innings with just 88 pitches against him.

Twins: INF Jorge Polanco won't re-join the team until the Twins return home Monday. He threw just 48 of his 82 pitches as his ERA rose from 1.75 to 2.44. The Giants added recently acquired RHP Sam Dyson to the 25-man active roster and demoted OF Orlando Calixte to Triple-A Sacramento.

The Twins are one of three teams (Oakland, Angels) who haven't gotten a homer from a pitcher since the start of the DH era in 1973. But Santana still delivered a big hit, doubling his career RBI total in one swing.

Santana's three-run shot to right center, which came on the first pitch of the at-bat, equaled the number of RBIs he previously accumulated in his career.

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