August 12, 2010: Santana Strikes Out 10 in Shutout

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Date: August 12, 2010
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 4
Rockies: 0
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Angel Pagan, Jose Reyes
Key play: Santana’s three strikeouts in 1st, Pagan’s RBI single

The Mets and Rockies completed a three-game series on a Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. Looking to reach the .500 mark for the season, the Mets had Johan Santana on the mound to face the purple and black. Santana struck out ten batters and pitched a four-hit shutout for a 4-0 Mets win over Colorado.

The tone of the game was set in the top of the first inning. Santana struck out all three Rockies hitters to come to bat. In the bottom half, Jose Reyes led off with a single and stole second base. Fernando Martinez popped out to first baseman Melvin Mora and a single by Angel Pagan scored Reyes. Ike Davis followed with a double and Carlos Beltran hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Pagan for the second Mets run. Colorado starter Jason Hammel then retired Mike Hessman on a fly ball to right fielder Ryan Spilborghs for the third out.

Santana and Hammel each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the sixth. Johan allowed only three singles and a walk while fanning six more Colorado batters. Meanwhile, Hammel yielded only three singles himself without issuing a walk to the Mets. Santana set down the Mountain Men in order in the top of the seventh inning. In the bottom half, he got a one-out single that sent Ruben Tejada from first to third base. Reyes’ ensuing single scored Tejada with Johan advancing to third. A sacrifice fly by Martinez plated Santana with the Mets’ fourth run. Hammel then retired Pagan on a ground ball to third baseman Ian Stewart to end the inning.

To begin the top of the eighth, Santana got Clint Barmes to fly out to right fielder Pagan. He fanned pinch-hitter Seth Smith for his tenth strikeout of the game. Johan walked Dexter Fowler and set down Spilborghs on a fly ball to left fielder Martinez. Rockies’ relievers Randy Flores and Manuel Corpas then combined to pitch a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Santana retired Carlos Gonzalez on a line drive to shortstop Reyes to start the top of the ninth. Troy Tulowitzki followed with a single for the fourth Colorado hit. Mora then hit a grounder to third baseman Hessman for a game-ending double play. The Mets had reached the .500 mark on Johan’s shutout.