BALTIMORE — A 2-for-6 day, capped from the go-ahead double in the 13th inning associated with an 8-7 win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, brought Carlos Santanas batting average up to .153. But both Santana and also Indians manager Terry Francona are starting to see something turn for the struggling hitter.
In the last four games, I have already been getting good contact, Santana said, so I feel better.
Santanas 2-for-6 performance had been his first multi-hit game given that May 11 and just his or her third of the month. Additionally, it kicked a 1-for-17 slump which spanned the entire Tigers series and the final game of Clevelands latest trip to Oakland.
Santana hasnt always been hitting the ball inadequately, though. Santana was robbed of a hit by Os third baseman Manny Machado throughout Thursdays game and hit a pair of baseballs to the opposite field that resulted in a flyout to right and a groundout to second.
Francona had been worried that Santana would press in the 13th inning, after some would-be strikes didnt drop, but Santana jammed to his approach, observed a strike and sculpted a double right in the third-base bag.
I think it was pleasant for him to get recognized for hitting the ball very well, Francona said. He started out the season and he just was having difficulties so much, then he has struck into some of the toughest … he or she is hit some balls upon the nose and he or she is just getting nothing for doing this.
Its got to let him take a deep breath somewhat.
Santana is still tinkering with his swing movement — he said that right now it really is different than it was last time of year — but he isnt too concerned about the slump that has today lasted almost two months. It comes with the territory for a soccer player.
Im feeling good using this program . not frustrated, Santana claimed. Its a long season and Im making an effort every day.