In yesterday’s 6-5 win over the Rockies, Johan Santana went six innings and allowed only two hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Santana faced 24 batters and threw 90 pitches, 53 of which were strikes.
“We won, and that’s all I care about,” Santana told reporters after the game. “At some point we’ll do the little things. It takes a whole team effort to win a game. Even though I did my job, everybody still has to come through and I’m happy we were able to come back and win the ballgame. … The next time we’ll see if I can go deeper in the game and win the game.”
Santana was in line for his first win since September 2, 2010, before the bullpen blew a four-run lead in the eighth inning.
“We’ve been talking and talking and talking all year about we’ve got to watch this guy,” Collins said. “This is the first time he’s coming back on four days rest and I’m not going to abuse him.”
Santana is 0-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 24 innings over five starts so far this season.
I thought Santana would pitch the seventh inning, but, considering his pitch count after six, I’m not surprised Terry pulled him. I would hate to see Santana have any setbacks or go down for an extended period of time because the staff felt he could throw 10 or 15 extra pitches. It makes sense to stay the course and remain conservative with Santana and preserve what he can contribute overall this season … not just for one extra inning.