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Red Sox 17, Twins 6: The pitching was bad

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This wasn’t supposed to happen.

Boston Red Sox v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Oh boy, where do I even begin?

Today was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel between Ervin Santana and Chris Sale, two of the best starters in the AL so far this year. We got about 3 innings of that.

Chris Sale started out dominating. Through 3 innings he had 7 strikeouts. He seemed really on point.

Ervin Santana looked good at times today, but gave up 4 home runs. Two of those came in the 1st, giving the Sox a 3-0 early lead. Another solo dinger by Mookie Betts made it 4-0 in the 5th. Then the Twins staged their comeback.

I don’t know why I’m even telling you about this; you see the final score. This doesn’t end well.

Like many other times in the past, the Twins got to Chris Sale. Chris Gimenez was hit by a pitch, and a couple soft singles later the Twins had the bases loaded. New guy Ehire Adrianza hit a sac fly RBI, and then Robbie Grossman walked. Jorge Polanco hit a 2-run single, Kennys Vargas hit another sac fly RBI to tie the game.

Ervin Santana came out for the 6th and gave up a 2-out 2-run HR to Sandy Leon. They added another run in the 8th off of Tyler Duffey, 7-4.

The Twins didn’t go away (yet), though. Vargas led off the 8th with a solo dong, followed up by walks from Eduardo Escobar and Chris Gimenez. A wild pitch advanced them to 2nd and 3rd, and Eddie Rosario hit a sac fly to right to make it a 7-6 ball game. Alas, Joe Mauer was called out on strikes (on a bad strike call), and Max Kepler struck out, ending the threat.

Then the Red Sox scored 10 runs in the 9th. Yeah. Here’s a picture of a cat instead:

New York City Scenics
Kitty!
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

STUDS:

Jorge Polanco - 2-4, 2 RBI, BB

Kennys Vargas: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI

DUDS:

Matt Belisle: 0.1 IP, 6 ER

Justin Haley: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R

Just all the pitchers for the Twins.

Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna

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Thanks for coming out today, everyone. Enjoy your week!