Items from Willie Randolph’s post-game press conference:
On Johan Santana: “I thought he threw the ball well. But he got ahead and couldn’t make a pitch to put guys away.’’
On Carlos Delgado: “It is always good when hitters go the other way.’’ Delgado’s homer was hit to left, as was a hard hit fly out.
On Luis Castillo: “He gives you a solid effort. He’s one of the best No. 2 hitters in the game.’’
NOTES: Left-hander Jason Vargas went to Colorado to get a second opinion on his hip. … Pitcher Ruddy Lugo was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. … Carlos Beltran played his third straight game in center field and hopes to play tomorrow. He said he’s had a problems getting the soreness out of his knees in the morning.