Here are three thoughts from LEN3 following the Twins 5-2 win over San Diego:
SANTANA IN CHARGE: Ervin Santana had to be drooling on Tuesday when he watched Jose Berrios take a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Padres batters were swinging at everything, not showing any plan at the plate. It was set up for Santana to have a good day. And he did. He got ahead of hitters, and it was over after that as he tossed his career high fifth complete game. He struck out a season high nine batters along the way. Three innings in, I was wondering how far he would take a no-no, because Padres hitters were overmatched. What has happened to Wil Myers? Yangervis Solarte, the former Twins prospect, just swings for the fences. What does Hunter Renfroe do well? Hard to believe that the Twins didn't win both of these games?
WAIT A SECOND, IT'S NOT HARD TO BELIEVE: The Twins are saying all the right things about not giving up, having pride, not waving a white flag. Right now, their mouths are writing checks their actions aren't covering. There's no way Chacin should pitch so well against them on Tuesday. No way the Twins should stop scoring runs against the A's when they race out to leads. And the offense is going to have to pick it up in the post-Kintzler era.
POLANCO: Jorge Polanco hit a double in his first at bat on Sunday and hit another ball hard later in the game. As the Twins play the next games of the rest of their season, getting Polanco straightened out has to be a priority. It doesn't matter if he stays at short or moves to second, his offensive potential is what makes him an attractive prospect. He has not been the same since he returned from his grandfather's funeral, and the Twins have to get him back on track.