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Red Sox 4, Twins 2: Sometimes the better pitcher still loses (simulated)

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Or: Pitcher wins are stupid

Minnesota Twins Spring Training Workout Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Today’s lineups:

MIN: Luis Arraez 2B, Jorge Polanco SS, Nelson Cruz DH, Miguel Sano 1B, Eddie Rosario LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Mitch Garver C, Marwin Gonzalez RF, Byron Buxton CF, Lewis Thorpe P

BOS: Jose Peraza 2B, Xander Bogaerts SS, J.D. Martinez DH, Rafael Devers 3B, Michael Chavis 1B, Andrew Benintendi LF, Alex Verdugo RF, Kevin Plawecki C, Jackie Bradley Jr CF, Ryan Weber P


Lefty Lewis Thorpe made his 2020 debut for the Twins, and will be a member of the rotation for the foreseeable future. He was sharp today, but the Twins offense struggled to provide him any run support.

In seven innings pitched, Thorpe threw only 99 pitches, and 70 of them were strikes. He allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out ten. He did not give up a walk, and did not deserve the loss he was saddled with, which just goes to show that pitcher wins are useless.

Boston scored first in this game. Alex Verdugo kept making Boston fans forget about Mookie Betts, blasting a one-out solo shot to right field, taking the lead for the Red Stockings.

In the third, Boston scored again, again via the long ball. This time Jose Peraza led off with a single, and then two outs later, Rafael Devers hit a massive two-run fly for a 433 foot homer.

The Twins closed the gap in the fifth—and scored their only runs of the game. Josh Donaldson led the inning off with a double, then came home on a Byron Buxton single. Buxton stole second, and then came home on a single by Luis Arraez.

Boston picked up another home run in the eighth inning against Tyler Duffey. Xander Bogaerts was responsible this time.

Notes

  • This was the first run that Tyler Duffey gave up all season.
  • Despite the loss, Lewis Thorpe was still the player of the game.
  • Ryan Weber, who got the win, gave up two runs on six hits, a walk, and five “K’s” in five innings. Pitcher wins are still really stupid

STUDS:

Lewis Thorpe: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 10 K
Josh Donaldson: 2-4. Double

DUDS:

Miguel Sano: 0-3, 2K
Eddie Rosario: 0-4, K
Mitch Garver: 0-4, 2K
Marwin Gonzalez: 0-3, 2K

Tomorrow: Off day. Tuesday starts a road trip against the LA Dodgers, first pitch 9:10 pm (look for the recap around 12 am)

Standings:
CHW 18-12 —
CLE 17-12 1/2
MIN 16-13 1 1/2
DET 14-14 3
KCR 11-16 5 1/2