Red Sox settle for tie with Twins


The Red Sox split squad took on the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon in Hammond Stadium. Much like yesterday, the Sox fell behind but made a comeback in the top of ninth, scoring three runs to take the lead. But they let the Twins tie it up in the bottom of the ninth. Since the games don’t count they stopped at nine and everyone went home content with a draw.

The highlight of the game would probably be Clay Buchholz‘s four strong innings. He tossed 53 pitches and struck out four. He allowed six hits, but only walked one and allowed no runs. His Spring Training ERA is now 2.84.

Continuing in Buchholz’s example of good pitching, Dana Eveland, Jonathan Aro, and Jess Todd each pitched a scoreless inning. Alexi Ogando, on the other hand, did not have such a good day. He allowed four hits and three runs in only 0.2 of an inning and was credited with a blown save. Miguel Celestino was given the ball and a one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth. He gave up a solo home run to Danny Ortiz and earned himself a blown save.

Game Notes

  • Dustin Pedroia had two hits.
  • Rusney Castillo hit a RBI double, his ninth hit of Spring Training.
  • The Sox committed only one error today (Xander Bogaerts‘s second so far), unlike yesterday when they had four.
  • This was Sandy Leon‘s second game with the Red Sox. He earned his first RBI with Boston with his sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.

A-. The Red Sox Opening Day starting pitcher turned in a solid performance today. His 53 pitches in four innings was efficient and four strike outs were encouraging. . Game Ball. Clay Buchholz. STARTING PITCHING

B-. These three relievers aren’t exactly household names and it remains to be seen if they’ll end up in the big leagues this season, but their collective performance today was encouraging for the future.. Game Ball. Eveland/Aro/Todd. RELIEF PITCHING

OFFENSE . B. Castillo hit his RBI double with two outs in the second inning. It was his fifth RBI so far. His Spring Training batting average is a healthy .310. He has had nine hits for a total of 18 bases in nine games.. Game Ball. Rusney Castillo