New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana turned in his best performance of the Spring on Wednesday against St. Louis.
The Mets fell, 2-1, to the Cardinals, but Santana put in six solid innings. In the six innings of work, Santana threw 48 strikes out of 69 pitches and struck out six batters while allowing six hits and one run. Santana did not walk any batters.
So far this Spring, Santana is 0-1 in four starts with a 3.38 ERA. He has struckout eight batters in 13.1 innings while only walking four batters.
Santana said about facing a loaded Cardinals squad today
"It was a challenge out there," Santana said. "But I was able to battle through it, throwing all my pitches." (via NJ.com)
The bigger news is that Santana's shoulder, which cost him the entire 2011 season due to surgery, has held up.