April 12, 2009: Santana Strikes Out 13 in Loss
|Date: April 12, 2009|
|Mets starter: Johan Santana|
|Winning pitcher: Josh Johnson|
|Key player(s): Johan Santana, Jeremy Hermida|
|Key play: Murphy's error in 2nd|
The Mets concluded a series with the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon in Miami. Johan Santana was at the top of his game with 13 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched. However, he picked up his first loss in 19 starts as the Mets fell to Florida, 2-1.
The Marlins scored two unearned runs off Santana in the bottom of the second. After Johan struck out the first two Florida hitters, Jeremy Hermida fouled off two 3-2 pitches before drawing the only walk Santana would issue. Cody Ross followed with a deep but routine fly ball. Looking into the sun, Daniel Murphy closed his glove too early and dropped the ball. Hermida scored all the way from first base and Ross reached second. Ronny Paulino singled Ross home for a 2-0 Marlin lead before Santana struck out Josh Johnson for the last out of the inning.
Over the next five innings, Santana shut down the Marlins on only two more hits and struck out nine batters. However, the Mets were held hitless by Johnson until Luis Castillo and David Wright got singles in the sixth and seventh, respectively. In the eighth, Ryan Church led off with a double off Johnson, but was left stranded on base.
Mets' reliever Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth. After Johnson retired the first two batters in the ninth, Carlos Delgado hit a double to center field and scored on a single by Carlos Beltran. Church then lined out to left field to end the game. The Mets and Santana had a tough-luck loss.