The Mets have watched Johan Santana pitch great all season long, but Santana has had issue with run support and had only one win to show for his efforts just past the quarter mark of the 2012 season.
Santana made sure that there would be no variables—such as a lack of run support or a blown lead by the bullpen—that would cost him the game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
Santana pitched a masterful four-hit shutout while striking out seven and not issuing a walk. The four hits were all singles.
The shutout was his first since August 12, 2010, and his first since coming back from his 2010 shoulder surgery.
It was his 14th career complete game and ninth shutout of his career.
"Any time you pitch a complete game, it's a good feeling. It's not easy to do," Santana said after the game.