Phil Hughes had another great outing for the Twins tonight, pitching a complete game while giving up only two runs to the reigning World Champions. Unfortunately, that two-run lead proved too much for the Twins batters to surmount, you know, because of the ass-bats.
The game seemed like it was off to a good start in the top of the first when the Twins batters forced Red Sox starter Jon Lester to throw 33 pitches, thanks largely to a couple long at-bats by Danny Santana and Josh Willingham. The long at-bats failed to produce any runs, however, and a couple of hits by Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia in the bottom of the first gave the Red Sox a quick 1-0 lead. That doesn't sound too bad, but remember: ass-bats.
Lester settled down after the first inning and retired the next nine Twins batters in order. Hughes also looked strong for the Twins--he gave up only eight hits in his eight innings of work, and once again did not walk a single batter. He did, however, surrender an additional run in the bottom of the third inning on a sac fly by Xander Bogaerts, which ended up being the game winner.
Miraculously, the Twins managed to score a run in the top of the sixth inning, and the run was driven in on a double by Joe Mauer. The Twins batters threatened again all struck out swinging in the eight, and Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica was able to get a quick one-two-three inning in the ninth, which is easy to do, when you know, ass-bats.
- Phil Hughes - 8 inning complete-game, 8 hits, 2 earned runs, 0 BB, 6 K.
- Brian Dozier - 0 for 3, 0 BBs, 1 K.
- Kendrys Morales - 0 for 4, 2 K.
- Oswaldo Arcia - 0 for 4, 2 K.
- Sam Fuld - 0 for 3, 0 K.
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