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Red Sox 2, Twins 1: Phil Hughes pitches complete game in frustrating loss

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Apparently the Twins brought their ass-bats to Boston.

"Maybe I could try batting with my helmet like this?"
"Maybe I could try batting with my helmet like this?"
Jared Wickerham

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.

Studs

  • Phil Hughes - 8 inning complete-game, 8 hits, 2 earned runs, 0 BB, 6 K.

Duds

  • 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.

ROLL CALL!

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