New York Mets lefty Johan Santana pitches first shutout since 2010

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Johan SantanaNew York Mets left-handed pitcher Johan Santana’s shoulder surgery may have shaved some juice off of his velocity, but on Saturday afternoon he delivered a near-magical performance.

Although it was against a less-than-dominant San Diego Padres group, Santana had the stuff to only give up four singles in his first shutout since August, 12 2010.

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Saturday’s outing keeps his ERA under 3.0 at 2.75 which at this juncture of the season is a feat unto itself.

Santana gave up not a single walk in an efficient 96 pitches that also struck out seven.
Offensively, Santana had help from Mike Nickeas who hit the Mets first grand slam of the season, and Scott Hairston and Vinny Rottino who also homered.

Santana’s shutout is sure give him even more momentum going into next Friday’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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