NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20: Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets reacts during the second-inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at CitiField on July 20, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Johan Santana had another dreadful start, allowing six earned runs in just three innings of work to dig a very deep hole for the Mets. Since his no-hitter, Santana has a 6.54 ERA. The bullpen pitched mostly well over the final four innings of the game, but Ramon Ramirez allowed the run that proved to be the difference in the game in the seventh.
The Mets' lineup held its own and nearly completed a comeback, chipping away for six runs in the game. The last two runs scored on an opposite-field, pinch-hit home run by Jordany Valdespin in the seventh inning, which pulled the Mets within one run but was the last of the team's scoring.
We knew it was over when...
- The Mets are just 1-6 since the All Star break.
- Santana does not look anywhere near right. It would come as no surprise if he misses some time sooner than later.
Nice job by Steve Sypa; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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