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Johan Santana gets pounded in first start after no-no

Jun 8, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

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Someone did in fact flirt with a no-no in the Bronx tonight, but it wasn’t Johan Santana after he threw 134 pitches last week in the first no-hitter in Mets history. Hiroki Kuroda held the Mets hitless for 5 2/3 innings Friday in the Yankees’ 9-1 victory.

Santana, who had thrown back-to-back shutouts against the Padres and Cardinals, was lit up for six runs in five innings in this one. He surrendered four homers, matching his total for the season entering the night.

Robinson Cano hit two of the four homers, giving him 11 on the season.  Cano, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones went back-to-back-to-back off Santana with two outs in the third inning.

Still, it was Kuroda who shined brightest in this one, facing the minimum for 5 2/3 before Omar Quintanilla doubled into the left-center gap. It was the only hit he allowed on the night before a bruised foot forced him to depart after the seventh.

As for Santana, he had his typical velocity tonight after getting a couple of extra days of rest, but not his location, as he left too many pitches up in the strike zone. He’s now 3-3 with a 2.96 ERA in 12 starts this season.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    There is no shame in getting “pounded” by the Yankees.

  2. randygnyc - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Great performance by the Yankees tonight. Hope Kuroda is ok.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Good lineup for the Universe tonight. Grandy and Beep-beep kind of in a slump so middle-to-late steps it up.
    Would like to see Hughes with a second in a row great performance

  4. scatterbrian - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Awesome, maybe now you guys can cease the incessant Johan Santana posts…

  5. mybrunoblog - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Somewhere in heaven, Johnny Vander Meer breathes a sigh of relief.
    One more start like this and Met fans will whine about Collins letting Santana throw the 134 pitches.

  6. Old Gator - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    I wonder if anyone has kept stats on how many guys pitched no-hitters and then got pounded their next time out. Seems to me to have happened quite often.

  7. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 9, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    So where’s the guy who said the Yankees were playing poorly and were likely to get no-hit even after they went 6-3 on a 9 game road trip?

  8. yankeehatersaredelusional - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Wow. I can’t believe so many idiots out there were hyping up a second straight no hitter. Face it, whenever anyone else gets a no-no, people don’t talk about vander meer. It just goes to show you how desperate mets fans are to gain ground on the yankees

  9. fissels - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Hey Mets fans, this is just the beginning of the “Maher Curse”!

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