You know, I had low expectations for Nick Tepesch going into this game, and though he still failed to meet those expectations, it wasn’t really his fault.
Despite the awful score, it really was due to an error from Jorge Polanco in the 2nd inning that would have kept the Twins trailing 1-0. Instead, the Red Sox pounced all over the miscue and added seven more runs to make this game a blowout.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead off a two-out solo home run from Chris Young in the 2nd. After a single from Sandy Leon, Tepesch appeared to be out of the inning when not-a-rookie Josh Rutledge hit a weak grounder to Polanco at short. However, instead of forcing out Leon at second base, Polanco rushed himself and bobbled the grounder for an error. Then the Sox went walk, 3-run double, single, 2-run double, RBI single, RBI double to quickly make it an 8-0 lead.
Recent callup Drew Rucinski did his best to save the bullpen by tossing 3 1⁄3 innings, but nonetheless Chris Gimenez made his second appearance on the mound by getting the last two outs to cap an ugly game all around for the Twins.
WP: Rick Porcello (2-4)
LP: Nick Tepesch (0-1)
Robbie Grossman (2-for-4, HR, RBI), Jason Castro (2-for-4), Drew Rucinski (3 1⁄3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K, somewhat saved the bullpen)
Nick Tepesch (1 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K), Jorge Polanco (costly error in 2nd), Ryan Pressly & Michael Tonkin (combined 2 1⁄3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K)
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