7:15 PM ET, June 30, 2012
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES -- Johan Santana is amply pleased with how his season is going. So are the New York Mets, who were hoping for the best when their lefty ace returned after missing all of last year while recovering from shoulder surgery.The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner didn't need the no-hitter he pitched against St. Louis on June 1 to demonstrate how close to his old form he is. There have been several other examples, including Saturday, when Santana scattered three hits over eight innings and sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to their seventh straight loss, 5-0."Coming into spring training, there were a lot of question marks. So I'm very happy to be at this point right now and very happy the way everything has gone," Santana said. "There were a couple of tough games, but the good thing is that I feel good and I'm still competing. That's the key for me. I'm just hoping that I stay consistent the whole year."
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In each of Santana's five starts since his no-hitter, he allowed a hit before recording his fourth out of the game. He gave up a two-run homer to the Yankees' Robinson Cano in the second inning, a two-run double in the second by Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce, a second-inning double by Baltimore's Matt Wieters, and a first-inning single by the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano. ... Murphy has 10 RBIs in four games, equaling the total he had in his previous 25 games and 96 at-bats. ... Saturday was the 50th anniversary of the first of Sandy Koufax's four career no-hitters, a 5-0 victory over the Mets at Dodger Stadium. ... The Dodgers signed 18-year-old SS Corey Seager, the 18th overall pick in the draft and the brother of Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during...(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|2nd||D Murphy hit sacrifice fly to left, I Davis scored.||1||0|
|5th||J Thole hit sacrifice fly to center, D Murphy scored.||2||0|
|6th||I Davis homered to center (425 feet), A Torres and D Wright scored.||5||0|
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|Stadium||Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA|
|Attendance||44,217 (79% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||78 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Larry Vanover, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Todd Tichenor|
From Elias: Mets got back-to-back efforts of 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H from their starting pitchers-- R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana-- the last 2 nights. The last time that happened wasn't that long ago, but it was significant. It was May 1-2 when Jerome Williams of the Angels pitched a 3-hit shutout against the Twins, and Jered Weaver pitched a no-hitter against the Twins. The last time it happened for the Mets was May 14-15, 2002, also against the Dodgers. The pitchers were Jeff D'Amico and Pedro Astacio.
From Elias: The Dodgers are the 3rd team in the last 50 years to be shut out at least 5 times in a 6-game span, joining the 1963 Astros (then known as Colt 45s) and the 1992 Cubs.
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