Johan Santana was going for his 2nd straight no-hitter to tie Johnny VanDerMeer’s record, but that wouldn’t last for long. In the 2nd inning he gave up a leadoff walk to Alex Rodriguez, and then Robinson Cano quickly ended the hitless streak when he launched the first of his two 2-Run HRs on the night, both coming on the first pitch he saw. Cano’s second blast in the bottom of the 3rd would start a rare back to back to back HR spree joined by Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones, all of which came on different pitches by the Mets southpaw. It was the first time in Johan Santana’s great career he had ever allowed 3 straight HRs. As you can see on the Fangraphs WPA chart the game was all but over at that point, but the Yanks tacked on 3 more runs facing Elvin Ramirez in the 7th, and the Mets scored a meaningless run off Ryota Igarashi in the 9th on two walks and a Lucas Duda double.… Click here to read the rest
In Santana’s defense, he probably should have escaped the third inning without any runs. With two outs, Alex Rodriguez was in a two-strike hole and Santana appeared to have made a perfect pitch over the inside corner. The umpire did not raise his right arm and as happens countless times in baseball, that lack of a call led to an A-Rod single that set the stage for the barrage that followed.
But it really would not have mattered because this game belonged to Kuroda. His fastball had lots of late life and was humming in there in the 93 MPH range most of his outing. Once he got ahead of hitters, he put them away with his change-up as he struck out seven Mets along the way. The only concern of his outing was his very last pitch that ended the seventh. Daniel Murphy hit a hard smash up the middle that hit Kuroda on a line to the pitcher’s foot.… Click here to read the rest