Santana throttles Twins

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 3, 2011 - 8:34 AM

The Angels' Ervin Santana, coming off a no-hitter in his last start, threw a complete-game eight-hitter vs. the Twins.

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boss302Aug. 2, 1111:36 PM

The Fire Bill Smith Campaign begins now. Start putting the Fire Bill signs on the back of Circle Me Bert signs and bring them to the games in droves. Refuse to put your deposit on next years season tickets until they fire Billy. Demand a better product than what he has been putting on the field!

EIBUDAug. 2, 1111:50 PM

A season of disappointments - injuries and under preforming players. 25th out of 30 in hitting and pitching. 25th in fielding. A top payroll populated by minor league players. 8 games behind Detroit. Is there hope - I'm not holding my breath.

danbann5Aug. 2, 1111:52 PM

The Angels got lucky tonight. The only reason they won is because they scored more runs than the Twins...I'm listening to th Twins' TV cheerleaders post-game comments right now..."Yup, that Santana pitched a heck of a game (he had a no-hitter last time out, ya know) and that's why such a good team as the Twins lost tonight." It's always only the other team's doing so well that the Twins lose. Dick Homer and Bert offer no real intelligent commentary on the game. It's cheerleading, excuses for losing, and offering wisdom such as, "A double sure would look good right now." Brilliant. Instead, listen to Jon Miller (on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball's TV coverage for many years) on the radio and Krukow and Kuiper (both former mlb players) on the TV for the Giants. You'll hear a virtual world of difference. They'll tell you about the game, make you actually think, entertain you, and yes, also root, but not uncritically, for the home team.

jimiekAug. 2, 1111:59 PM

This team is going to be bad for a long, long time.

BallFourAug. 3, 1112:03 AM

Valencia had another Adam Dunn night.

favrefanAug. 3, 1112:09 AM

I agree that the homers are terrible on TV. Gladden is the only guy that might criticize. I am a long time Cubs fan (the pain) and I long for the announcing of Harry Carey and Steve Stone. Those two would pull no punches when the Cubs stunk it up. They would even get in trouble with the club for their criticism. Unfortunately, Dick and Bert are not untouchable like Harry Carey was so if they want to keep their jobs, they have to tow the company line. It's up to the so-called beat writers to call these guys out. They should be interviewing Bill Smith and asking him what the hell he is doing.

njc264isbackAug. 3, 1112:13 AM

Once again Duensing proved his completely incapable of getting RH bats out with any regularity. A bomb from both Trumbo and Hunter on fat pitches over the middle. LA knew this and stacked their lineup with righties (although he did do okay vs. Abreu). Lets end this experiment already and move Duensing to the pen and bring back Slowey.

njc264isbackAug. 3, 1112:16 AM

@BallFour: Sadly Valencia hasn't learned to lay off sliders down and away. Notice he got his single on a fastball, and got nothing but dirty sliders the rest of the game. He and Cuddyer should chat about how best to strut back to the dugout after another humiliating flail on strike 3.

turk16Aug. 3, 1112:25 AM

Almost drove from San Diego to see the game tonight (glad I didn't). Have been making the trip yearly for Twins games in Anaheim. But the inactivity at the trade deadline sealed the deal for me. I can no longer support the product we have on the field. We need new management and a new direction or we may become like the Cubs, where going to games is more of a social event than the result of a good product on the field.

hundrawinsAug. 3, 1112:42 AM

Gardenhire called his starting pitcher "Dunce" tonight in the post-game interview. Ouch. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. With the way our steel-trap skipper throws around the short pet names for his best pals, I am glad -- for the sake of the kids and grandma -- that we did not pick up Fukudome before the trade deadline....


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