Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Twins 15, Red Sox 8
By Gordon Edes
BOSTON -- Manager John Farrell's rotation/bullpen shuffle didn't quite work out the way he drew it up in his office in Wednesday night's 15-8 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
The Red Sox manager thought it prudent, after closers Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan went on the disabled list in the span of 24 hours, to withdraw Felix Doubront from the rotation, stick him in the bullpen and recall rookie right-hander Allen Webster from Pawtucket to start.
Webster lasted five outs. Fourteen Twins batted against him; eight of them scored. Two Twins, Ryan Doumit and Pedro Florimon, hit home runs. Three Twins -- Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe -- had doubles. Two Twins also walked.
The call went to the bullpen. In came Doubront. The Twins went walk, single, single, double against the left-hander before he finally registered an out.
Before his night was through, Doubront would throw 105 pitches, the equivalent of a start, in 5 1/3 innings. He would be charged with six runs and 12 hits. The Twins succumbed to utter confusion on the basepaths in the seventh, when Doumit hit a ball off the wall. The Twins thought center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had caught it and thus remained suspended on the basepaths. Doumit was eventually credited with his fourth hit when the official scorer reversed course postgame after consulting with the umpires; Doumit had been credited with a fielder's choice/double play.
Despite giving up four runs in the first, Webster briefly held a lead, the Sox responding with a grand slam by Jonny Gomes and a double and RBI single by Stephen Drew in the bottom of the first.
That lead lasted until Florimon led off the second with a home run. Florimon later hit a two-run double in the same inning.
The Twins' right fielder, Oswaldo Arcia, was 4-for-4, the best night of his young career, and that was by the fifth inning. He struck out in the eighth.
By the end of the second inning, every batter in the Twins' lineup had scored. Twins leadoff man Jamey Carroll had three plate appearances before the No. 9 batter in the Sox order, Pedro Ciriaco, had gotten to bat once.
The Twins finished with 20 hits. Their starter, Pedro Hernandez, lasted just two innings, allowing six runs, so the win went to a former Sox farmhand, rookie Ryan Pressly, who pitched four scoreless innings in relief for his first big league win.
The Sox, meanwhile, finished the night tied for first place in the American League East with the Baltimore Orioles, after holding sole possession for nearly a month (April 12).
They have now lost two straight to the Twins and five of their past six.
And David Ortiz, who began the night with a 27-game hitting streak, failed to get the ball out of the infield in five trips, striking out in the ninth against lefty reliever Glen Perkins to bring an end to the streak. He had hit safely in his first 15 games this season.