10-Run 9th Leads Sox To Victory.
Red Sox 17 Twins 6 W-Sale (3-2) L-Santana (5-1)
The Boston Red Sox have a great lineup and great starting rotation. The bullpen has been a question mark, but if the lineup can score enough runs then they will be fine. Today, the Boston offense was on display at Target Field. Dustin Pedroia got the day started off with a bang. He belted an Ervin Santana fastball out to left for a solo shot. Xander Bogaerts was hit by a pitch and Andrew Benintendi smoked a fastball onto the plaza for a two-run shot. This put the Sox up 3-0 after an inning. In the fifth, it was Mookie Betts’ turn. He took Santana deep and Boston had a four-run edge. Meanwhile, Chris Sale was sailing through four innings, but fell off in the bottom of the fifth. Chris Gimenez was brushed by a pitch then Eddie Rosario singled. Byron Buxton reached on an infield single to load up the bases. Ehire Adrianza hit a sac fly to right and the Twins were on the board. Robbie Grossman reloaded the bases with a walk and Jorge Polanco drove in a pair with a single to left. Miguel Sano walked and Kennys Vargas tied it up with a sacrifice fly to right. The game wasn’t tied long as Sandy Leon drilled an Ervin Santana change-up out to right for a two-run shot. This put the Sox up 6-4. Mitch Moreland added one more with an RBI single in the eighth and it all seemed fine for the Red Sox. Kennys Vargas started the eighth with a blast to left-center off Matt Barnes. This pulled the Twins within two. Barnes walked the next two batters and Robby Scott uncorked a wild pitch. Eddie Rosario hit a sac fly to right and the Twins were within a run. Craig Kimbrel came on for Boston and struck out Joe Mauer on a controversial pitch. Max Kepler struck out and we headed into the ninth. The ninth inning was not kind to the Twins. Let’s just say the Sox put up ten runs against three Twins pitchers. Boston led 17-6 and Joe Kelly threw a scoreless ninth to cap off the series win for the Sox.
-Final Thoughts- Ervin Santana had his worst start of the year. He gave up six runs on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks over six innings. Tyler Duffey had a 1-2-3 seventh then the bullpen collapsed. Taylor Rogers gave up a run and got one out and Ryan Pressly got two outs in the eighth. Matt Belisle was charged with six runs in 1/3 of an inning, Justin Haley gave up four runs in 1/3 of an inning, and Craig Breslow got the final out of the ninth. Jorge Polanco led the team with two hits. The team hit 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. After the game, the Twins head to Chicago to play the White Sox. Mike Pelfrey will face Hector Santiago in Game 1 from Guaranteed Rate Field.