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Red Sox 1, Twins 0: Extremely close and incredibly painful

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They really aren't kidding when they say this game is a game of inches.

Kurt Suzuki, being very happy home plate collisions are now against the rules.
Kurt Suzuki, being very happy home plate collisions are now against the rules.
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Tonight's game at Fenway Park turned into a pitching duel between Mike Pelfrey and Clay Buchholz, with the former going seven strong innings and the later going eight. Unfortunately, Clay "A Big Ball Of" Buhholz won the battle—BUT IT WAS SO CLOSE! SO CLOSE! Ugh...

The Red Sox only run of the game came in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two ours and no runners on, Pelfrey surrendered a double to Xander Bogaerts followed by a walk to Sandy Leon. Then Rusney Castillo came to the plate and singled. Hicks threw out Leon at third base to end the inning, but by that time Bogaerts had already scored what would turn out to be the game winner.

In the top of the 8th, Aaron Hicks led off with a solo home run—or rather, what would have been a solo home run except damn Rusney Castillo stole it. What the hell kind of name is "Rusney" anyway?

The Twins kept themselves in this game. Both Dozier and Eddie Rosario made great defensive plays to keep the Sox in check. The Twins, in a tight pitcher's dual, left six runners on base, and only went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Could this be the end of the Twins' luck?

GULP!

ROLL CALL!

Tonight's Top Ten Game Thread poster are:

# Commenter # Comments
1 Brananorama 57
2 kenzertz 24
3 SooFoo Fan 24
4 less cowbell, more 'neau 23
5 WestRiverTwinsFan 22
6 vanimal power 17
7 myjah 15
8 DerTwain 8
9 domesticllama 7
10 clutterheart

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COMMENT OF THE GAME THREAD

less cowbell, more 'neau: "They should've put a roof on Fenway."

STUD

  • Mike Pelfrey: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

Dud

  • Kurt Suzuki: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 LOB.