Victor Santos had one of his worst starts of the season against Minnesota in his last outing.
He’ll get a chance to redeem himself as the Milwaukee Brewers resume a three-game interleague series with the streaking Twins at the Metrodome.
Santos allowed four earned runs and five hits in just three innings of Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Twins, his shortest outing of the season. The right-hander threw just 73 pitches, 42 of them strikes.
“It wasn’t Vic’s day today,” said Brewers manager Ned Yost.
The loss snapped Santos’ three-start winning streak during which he allowed just three runs in 18 innings.
“I have the same routine, the same preparation,” Santos said. “I think it’s just coincidence. Today I just had no control of the fastball. I fell behind, and you can’t get hitters out like that.”
The loss left Santos with an 0-2 record and 8.22 ERA in four daytime appearances, including three starts, this season. He might have more success under the lights Saturday. Santos is 5-1 with a 2.38 ERA at night this season.
“I don’t know why,” Yost said of Sunday’s start. “He came out for the first four pitches of the day and put them right where he wanted them, and after that he couldn’t command it.”
The Brewers lost 6-3 to the Twins on Friday, dropping their third in four games.
Minnesota starter Johan Santana allowed four hits and one run in seven innings, striking out 10 after fanning 12 Brewers batter last Sunday.