Sunday, April 16, 2017

Minnesota's Ervin Santana, Colorado's Tyler Chatwood Throw First Shutouts Of Season

Players of the Day for Saturday, April 15, 2017

American League

Ervin Santana
Jackie Robinson Day became a day of firsts in the majors, highlighted by the first two complete game shutouts tossed in each league.

In Minnesota, the Twins earned a tie for first place with the Tigers (13-6 losers at Cleveland) in the Central division with a 6-0 shutout of the White Sox courtesy of Ervin Santana's magical one-hitter.

Staked by his teammates to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, Santana improved to 3-0, allowed a third inning single to Jomar Narvaez and walked Avisail Garcia to open the fourth. After a wild pitch that sent Garcia to second, Santana settled in to sit down the next 18 would-be batters in order, finishing with the one-hitter and the first shutout of the season in the American League.

In near-complete control throughout, Santana threw 72 of 107 pitches for strikes, walked one and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to a minuscule 0.41 in the process.

Tyler Chatwood
It was the 17th career complete game for the 34-year-old righty, and his 9th shutout.

The White Sox and Twins play the rubber game of their three-game series at Target Field on Sunday, starting at 4:10 pm ET.

National League

Out in San Francisco, the Colorado Rockies took a slim 1/2 game advantage over the Dodgers and Diamondbacks when Tyler Chatwood threw the first shutout of his six-year MLB career, topping the Giants with a two-hit, 5-0, shutout.

Earning his first win of the season, Chatwood walked one and struck out four, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Chris Marrero dinged him for a clean single to right field.

Allowing another single to right to lead off the seventh by Joe Panik, Chatwood didn't allow another hit, issuing his lone walk to Dennard Span in the ninth without further damage.

Throwing 105 pitches in the complete game win, Chatwood hit the strike zone with 67, facing 30 batters, three over the minimum.

Leading the series two games to one, the Rockies will look to improve upon their 8-5 record when they finish up with the Giants at 4:05 pm ET at AT&T Park.

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