Santana, Twins Start Key Series Against Indians with 3-1 Win
Wouldn't shock me to see Nolasco start as soon as this weekend in Detroit. Maybe Pelfrey Friday, Nolasco Saturday, Ervin Sunday.
Ervin fell behind 3-0 to Lindor.
Now 2-0 to Brantley.
Ervin freezes Carlos on 3-2 slider.
Scoreless after 17-pitch 1st.
Ervin strikes out the side in the 2nd.
He has 4 Ks through 2.
Career high is 11.
Ervin has thrown 40 pitches through 2.
Just 21 strikes.
4 3-ball counts already.
2/8 first-pitch strikes (by my count)
Ervin opens with 3 scoreless (54 pitches).
5 3-ball counts.
10-pitch 4th for Ervin.
3-0, mid 4.
Sweet-swinging Yan Gomes starts the 5th with a double to right. First hit off Ervin since Lindor in the first.
Ervin at 90 pitches as we head to the 7th.
10-pitch 7th for Ervin.
He's at an even 100 through 7.
Ervin Santana has thrown exactly 100 pitches in 7 IP. He's allowed 1 ER on 3 hits and a walk with seven Ks. Twins up 3-1.
Nice hand for Ervin after working into the 8th. Holds up red glove in acknowledgment.
FINAL: @Twins defeat the Indians 3-1
Ervin Santana: 7IP 5H 1ER 1BB 7K
Brian Dozier: 2-4 RBI
Joe Mauer: 1-2 RBI 2BB http://t.co/2nMrlKawUK
Twins beat Danny Salazar for first time in two years, earn 3-1 victory over Cleveland behind Ervin Santana's fifth straight quality start.
Video: Ervin Santana after his fifth straight quality start since a pivotal bullpen session at Tampa Bay. #MNTwins http://t.co/256gl8fNp6
Video 2: Ervin Santana on easing into his start with his fastball, similar to July game at Oakland. #MNTwins http://t.co/oiMV1rYEmH
My final-edition game story: Ervin Santana and the Aug. 27 bullpen session that saved his season. #MNTwins
ICYMI: My final-edition game story. #MNTwins surging Ervin Santana, and the bullpen session that saved his season. http://t.co/xCtZ7u16il
Video: Ervin Santana after his fifth straight quality start since a pivotal bullpen session at Tampa Bay. #MNTwins http://t.co/cjAYpDloJK
Video 2: Ervin Santana on easing into his start with his fastball, similar to July game at Oakland. #MNTwins http://t.co/euxPCwOudh
Game 155 Preview: Ervin Santana, #Twins look to stay in playoff hunt vs. #Tigers http://t.co/r0soO82Ngo http://t.co/Y81cfsHEtU
Ervin in the 1st:
1/5 first-pitch strikes
Ervin works around 2-out Avila double. Provides shutdown inning.
6-0 after 2.
2 walks and a single today for Cabrera. Came in 5 for 21 off Ervin.
RBI double for Josh Wilison.
Ervin at 100 pitches now.
If that's it for Ervin Santana, he has a 1.47 ERA over his last six starts. He's gone at least seven innings in each of those outings.
Ervin fans Davis for 2nd time today.
Line through 104 pitches: 7-6-1-1-2-5
Ervin over past 6 starts (all quality):
4-0 (for now), 1.47 ERA, 43 IP, 33 H, 11 BB, 44 K, 1 HR (Adam Eaton at CWS).
Can #MNTwins run the table this week?
"Why not?" Ervin Santana said. "We've been playing good. We just have to keep it going."
Ervin Santana's advice to the rookies: "Don't leave yet. We have to take pictures."
Ervin Santana, a six-run second and Byron Buxton's first career homer lifts the Twins to a 7-1 win over the Tigers: http://t.co/PrGXbBzoYn
Ervin Santana wouldn't have enough rest to start tiebreaker game on Monday, but what if he threw 40-50 pitches in relief, a la Mad Bum?
Could envision a Monday plan of Nolasco for 50-60 pitches, Ervin for 40-50. That should get #MNTwins through 6, if not 7 innings.
"That would be insane. Very, very exciting." Ervin Santana told me that 3 weeks ago re: pitching in tiebreaker. http://t.co/1vWplw9cmO
Barring #MNTwins romp, shouldn't be much need for Nolasco tonight. Ervin + PMJ (Perk, May, Jepsen) should do. https://t.co/3jnvQLCx22