The Twins' good-Ervin-bad-Ervin problem just won't go away. Santana delivered another of the latter type Friday, recording a season-low 10 outs and surrendering five runs as Detroit took an early 5-0 lead. However, Detroit has won five of the seven games between the teams this season.
It's not just that Santana is better on some nights than others - that's true of every pitcher in baseball.
"There have been some games where his numbers get a little crooked", manager Paul Molitor said. He's had a couple stretches where maybe his outings weren't what we had seen early in the year. "But it's inevitable that you're going to have a little bit of ebb and flow".
Minneapolis, MN- Detroit designated-hitter Victor Martinez homered twice in the Tigers' 6-3 win at Target Field Friday night. Cabrera entered the game slashing.262/.353/.432 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs.
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All that offense amounted to the seventh game this season, of his 20 starts, in which Santana allowed five or more runs. His ERA in those seven forgettable outings: 9.84.
Sanchez, who had allowed eight runs in three innings of relief against Minnesota earlier this season, had a big mix of speeds to keep the Twins out of sync early, including two changeups that registered at 67 miles per hour and 65 miles per hour. His ERA in those games? Minnesota is now a game-and-a-half behind Cleveland in the American League Central Division standings. Opposing the Twins' ace was Anibal Sanchez, whose 6.08 ERA and demotion to Class AAA Toledo two months ago reflected the difficulty he's had restoring his career.
Trading J.D. Martinez took a big bat out of the Detroit Tigers' lineup. A leadoff single by Zack Granite and a walk to Joe Mauer got him in trouble in the fourth inning, and Miguel Sano cashed in with an RBI bullet to center. He gave up four runs on six hits and four walks in six innings against the Houston Astros in his last outing.