10th inning walk-off ruins chance of sweep

Posted on Jun 13 2016 - 7:27am by Clint Chandler

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During the first two games of the series against the Minnesota Twins, the Red Sox had outscored their opponent 23-5, making yesterday’s afternoon match-up seem promising of a sweep. Unfortunately, a 10th inning three-run home run sealed the win for the Twins when Minnesota’s Max Kepler got a hold of a 0-2 fastball. Prior to giving up the home run to Kepler, Boston’s Matt Barnes had walked Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, which set the tone for what was to come next.

“Especially up 0-1 [in the count],” he said — that started the winning rally. “I’ve walked more people this year than I would’ve liked,” Barnes added, “and they always seem to come around and bite me in the butt.”

Although Barnes served up the game winning home run, he was surely not the only one to blame for the Red Sox coming up short yesterday afternoon. The best offense in the league went 1-10 with runners in scoring position. Adding to the uncharacteristic outing for Boston, shortstop Xander Bogaerts made not one, but two errors in the field that both ended up in Twins runs.

After two stellar outings prior to yesterday’s game, the Red Sox fell flat on their faces and did not bring their best stuff to close out a series sweep.

Positives:

  • Although it surely would have been nice having a one-game lead over the pesky Baltimore Orioles heading into the series opener against them on Tuesday, the Sox are sitting tied with them in the AL East. Considering some pitching woes that have occurred this season fairly often, it’s nice that we’re at least contending with Baltimore and keeping it close.
  • With the exception of yesterday’s game, the Red Sox bats continue to stay very hot. Look for them to hopefully stay that way against the Orioles at Fenway.

Negatives:

  • Two errors in one day for the usual stellar Bogaerts is not a good look. Although he said after the game mistakes happen and he is human, let’s hope he’s able to easily put yesterday’s fielding mishaps behind him and get back to some sharp defense.
  • A sweep of the Minnesota Twins yesterday would have been a great way to lead off into the series against Baltimore. Boston will hopefully put this one behind them, as they have the day off today, and get focused for a very important series at home.

 

Moving Forward:

Boston is returning home and will kick-off their series match-up against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. David Price (7-3, 4.63 ERA), who has lost his last two starts, will face Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (8-1, 3.01 ERA).

 
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