On a snowy day at Target Field, the Twins faced off against their old friend Martin Perez. They scored the first two runs in the game in the 1st inning, after loading the bases twice. Jorge Polanco hit a sacrifice fly to score the first and Luis Arraez grounded to 2nd, beating out a double play and scoring the second run.
J.A. Happ got the start for the Twins and pitched 4 shutout innings until a solo home run by Hunter Renfroe got the Red Sox on the board. Christian Arroyo followed with a single, and Bobby Dalbec tied the game with a double into the right field corner. Cody Stashak was brought in and got the third out.
Randy Dobnak pitched scoreless 6th and 7th innings, but Dalbec hit another RBI double in the 8th to put the Red Sox up 3-2.
Jorge Alcala gave up a long solo shot to Rafael Devers in the 9th, expanding their lead to 4-2. The Twins went quietly in the 9th inning, making that the final score.
Overall, the Twins lineup couldn’t get or keep a rally going much at all today. They amassed only 5 hits, were 0-8 with RISP and left 10 men on base.
The whole lineup was a dud except, of course, for Byron Buxton who went 2-5 with a double. We need a couple more hitters to get hot if we want to score more than just 2 runs.
There will be a double header tomorrow, hopefully the bats wake up.
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