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

Johan Santana

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

In his first start since his no-hitter, New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana gave up seven hits and six runs in five innings against the New York 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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