Boston Red Sox Pitching Shows Up Against Minnesota Twins
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Monday night at Fenway Park.
Boston sent ace Chris Sale to the mound and the lefty turned in another solid line. Sale pitched 6.1 innings of work against the Twins and struck out 9 batters and allowed just 4 hits and 1 run.
Behind Sale, the Boston Red Sox bullpen was flawless.
John Farrell used Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes, and Craig Kimbrel the closer. Barnes has faced some criticism of late with poor performances. But the Red Sox coaching staff noticed a mechanical issue that Barnes resolved on Monday.
Barnes worked the 8th inning for the Red Sox ands struck out the side swinging and had 5 swing and misses.
José Berríos was on the mound for the Twins and heading into Monday’s start the 23-year-old starter had a 2.67 ERA in 54 innings pitched this season. But Boston was able to hit Berríos hard right out of the gate. The Red Sox were able to tap the starter for two early runs in the first inning and then tacked on tow more in the seventh inning.
Mitch Moreland continues to be a hot bat for the Boston Red Sox with the first basemen launching a solo home-run in the first inning for his 12th homer of the year.
Given Moreland’s physical ailments of later Farrell appreciates what the veteran has been able to do with his “strong message to the rest of this team”.
Red Sox third-base prospect Tzu-Wei Lin started at third base for Boston on Monday. The 23-year-old went 1-3 recording his first major league hit. Lin was called up this past weekend directly from AA-Portland. One reason for his call-up was to fill in for Deven Marrero who has struggled to lay down bunts. Unfortunately though Lin made a few bunt attempts against the Twins and failed. It is unclear how long Lin will be up in Boston.
With the win, the Boston Red Sox record moves to 42-34.