After about an hour of rain delay, the shoulda-been early (for us) game finaly began. Twins starter Hector Santiago was quick to hand out the complimentary 2 run homer to Christian Vazquez in the 2nd, extending that Minnesota hospitality even on the road. The Twins prepared to answer in the top of the 3rd, but rain beat them to it. An hour-ish later play again resumed in a game I really wish would have just been canceled.
Drew Pomeranz came back in to pitch the 3rd for Boston despite having just sat around all that time. It looked like the move may have been a bad one when Eddie Rosario led off with a double on the very first pitch he saw. Unfortunately, he then TOOTed his BLAN so hard he had to go sit down in the dugout. Pomeranz then struck out Byron Buxton and Jason Castro because of course he did. In the third Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in another run on a play including a rare Byron Buxton throwing error, but the damage was limited to one. Buxton would later make up for this, singling in a run in the 5th.
Anyway, with the rain delay causing the bullpen to essentially be the surrogate starter, the game went about how you imagine it would. The Red Sox tagged on runs slowly but steadily, adding 2 in the 4th, 1 in the 5th, and finally 3 in the 6th on a 3 run Chris Young dong. The Twins bats were too soggy and slippery to pick up the mess their pen had made. Besides the aforementioned Buxton RBI, the only other run came in the 8th when human smile-machine Eduardo Escobar smacked a solo dinger on a line drive to right.
Former Twin Fernando Abad had Agood 9th, getting Polanco, Rosario and Buxton 1-2-3. With Cleveland losing today to Texas, the Twins still stay only .5 games behind. They are now 39-36.
Rosario: Despite the dumb baserunning gaff, he went 3 for 4.
The frickin’ rain.
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Congratulations to Daniel Carlson on his stunning rendition of a milk carton.