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Santana may have earned a no-decision in his last outing, but it was one that came with a heavy caveat. The left-hander threw seven shutout innings and struck out nine batters in his last start, but the Mets wound up taking 20 innings to beat St. Louis. Santana may be motivated by that start, and he’s 2-0 with a 1.71 career ERA against the Cubs.
New York’s bullpen went into Wednesday’s game with the second-best ERA (2.11) in the league, but it wound up allowing six earned runs in the 9-3 loss. Three of those runs were charged to Manny Acosta, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day. New York called Acosta up after placing Ryota Igarashi on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
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The Cubs may have shuffled their rotation Wednesday, but they opted not to move Gorzelanny to the bullpen, because of their supply of left-handed pitchers in relief. Gorzelanny left his last start early after getting hit by a line drive back through the box, but he said later that he wasn’t really affected and that he didn’t expect any long-term effects.
“I felt like somebody just slapped me in the shoulder,” Gorzelanny said of the liner. “I didn’t think it was too serious, and it’s not. … I felt like I didn’t need to come out. At that point, it didn’t feel like it was bad at all.”
Gorzelanny said he tried to communicate that to Piniella, but the manager’s mind had already been made up.
“I tried pretty hard to stay in,” Gorzelanny said. “I pleaded my case, but Lou wasn’t having any of that. In the heat of the moment, I got a little upset. But I got time to think about it and realize that was the right decision.”