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.
- 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.