He's the 20 million dollar man for a reason. He's our very own life support. He's our slump saviour. He's the blood stopper. He's King Johan Santana.
Santana threw a career high 125 pitches en route to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs striking out 10 through his 8 innings of work. Santana gave up his usual early runs, but settled in quickly and was able to calm himself as the home plate umpire decided to change his strike zone from inning to inning.
Not to be overlooked are the clutch performances from our young studs, Reyes & Wright. Jose Reyes notched his 200th hit of the season with a triple to knock in 3 runs in the 6th. David Wright is now 10 for 20 over his last 5 games, and took advantage of a two out situation to knock in 2 big runs. Wright is coming on strong to close the season and it's such a relief to see him swinging the bat like this.
But tonight was Johan Santana's night. Every single player, every single fan, and every single media outlet was talking about how Santana would come through with a victory. And he did not disappoint. In fact, the Phillies even lost, but the Brewers got a miracle win.
We're back to 1.5 games. Another game tomorrow. One at a time, my friends. One victory at a time. But if we need a victory come Sunday, I fully expect Johan Santana to be willing to go out there with the same result.