Boston Red Sox Take Down The Minnesota Twins In The Four Game Series Finale Behind Starting Pitcher David Price‘s Gutty Outing
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Thursday night at Fenway Park to end the series. Boston’s victory locked up a 3-1 series win that saw the Twins fall back into second place in the AL Central and the Red Sox flip-flop in the top 2 in the AL East with the New York Yankees.
David Price was on the mound for the Boston Red Sox and despite a poor start to the outing was able to battle it out for seven innings of work. In his seven innings Price allowed 3 runs, 0 walks, and struck out 6 Twins batters. Price’s ERA on the season lowers to 4.61, down from 4.76 where he started on the day. Thursday night’s outing was a good step for Price as he continues to regain his form at the right time for Boston. Thursday’s outing was the first time in 2017 that Price issued zero walks and continues the increase of command which he started to show in his previous start.
After Price, the Boston Red Sox used Joe Kelly in the 8th and Craig Kimbrel in the 9th inning. Kelly pitched a scoreless frame and his scoreless inning streak is now at 22.1 innings and he hasn’t allowed an earned run in 22 games. Both of those numbers lead the Major Leagues. Kimbrel struck out two in the ninth and gave up one hit en route to his Major League Leading 22 saves. The save also marked the 30th straight completed save by Kimbrel at Fenway Park which is now the longest in Boston’s history passing the 29 straight saves of Tom Gordon.
Boston’s offense put together 10 hits on the night and only left 5 runners on base the entire night. But once again their RISP numbers were low with the club collectively only hitting 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Mookie Betts had his 13th home run of the season in the 4th inning, but Betts wasn’t the only member of the Red Sox to hit one out on Thursday.
Hanley Ramirez hit his 11th home run of the year. This one was driven to the deepest part of the park and traveled 427 ft with an impressive 110 mph exit velocity. Given his struggles this year, this is the kind of hit and game that could kick start Ramirez’s season. It was interesting though the way the Twins handled the sequence, they kept a right-handed pitcher in the game despite a lefty being warm in the pen. Ramirez’s struggles against lefties should have resulted in a pitching change. Instead, the change came after the home run, and the lefty reliever was called in to pitch to Jackie Bradley, who has been hitting over .370 against left-handed pitching this season. Seemed like the Twins dropped the ball and the Boston Red Sox capitalized on their mistakes.
Hanley Ramirez with a frozen rope HR to CF to put the Red Sox up 5-3 pic.twitter.com/B5fP35KMsb
— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) June 30, 2017
One of the more interesting Green Monster shots of the year happened when Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a ball off of the ladder. The play ended up driving in Hanley Ramirez from first base.
— Steve Perrault (@Steve_Perrault) June 30, 2017
Through 79 games this season the Boston Red Sox are 44-35.