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Oh No-han: Johan Santana follows up no-hitter by allowing 7 hits in loss

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Johan Santana

No-han sounds a little better than Seven-han, doesn't it?

In his first start since his no-hitter, Mets left-hander Johan Santana gave up seven hits and six runs in five innings against the Yankees. Meanwhile, Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda allowed just one hit in his seven innings of work.

Kuroda gave up a double to Mets shortstop Omar Quintanilla with two outs in the sixth inning. In seven total innings, Kuroda walked one and struck out seven.

Santana's plight is hardly unusual for a the first start after a no-hitter. No pitcher, of course, has pitched back-to-back no-hitters since Johnny Vander Meer in 1938. Santana had a perfect first inning on Friday, but then after walking Alex Rodriguez to lead off the second inning, Robinson Cano hit the first of his two two-run homers. The Yankees hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the third inning, with Cano, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones going deep in the inning.

Santana threw 86 pitches, 51 strikes after his 130-pitch outing last Friday.

Including Santana, there have been 12 pitchers to throw no-hitters since 2010. Those 12 pitchers have averaged a total of just more than six hits in their start after the no-hitter, with pitchers picking up a 6-6 record and a 4.66 ERA.

Here's a list of what the last 12 pitchers to throw a no-hitter did in their next start (and date) after their no-hitter:

Johan Santana (June 8, 2012): 5 IP, 7 H, 6ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Jered Weaver (May 7, 2012): 6 IP, 3H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Philip Humber (April 26, 2012): 5 IP, 8H, 9 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Ervin Santana (August 2, 2011): 9 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Justin Verlander (May 13, 2011): 8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Francisco Liriano (May 10, 2011): 3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Roy Halladay (October 16, 2010): 7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Matt Garza (July 31, 2010): 7 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Edwin Jackson (July 2, 2010): 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Roy Halladay (June 4, 2010): 7 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Dallas Braden (May 14, 2010): 8 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Ubaldo Jimenez (April 22, 2010): 7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 6 BB, 7K

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