Monday, June 16, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 1, Twins 0
By Scott Barboza
BOSTON -- The Red Sox’s woes haven’t been because of the young arms.
While Brandon Workman was unable to earn a victory in Sunday’s fine pitching performance, Rubby De La Rosa turned in another high-quality start for the Red Sox on Monday, working seven innings of one-hit, scoreless ball in a 1-0 shutout of the Minnesota Twins.
Rounding into form: De La Rosa struggled early, going deep in counts and walking a season-high three -- all coming in the first three innings. He required 50 pitches to get through the third.
Then De La Rosa regained control, retiring 13 straight before exiting the game after the seventh. He struck out three in evening his record at 2-2. Only two runners reached second base against De La Rosa, who was induced 12 ground-ball outs.
While Twins starter Kevin Correia matched De La Rosa with scoreless innings through four, the Red Sox broke through in the fifth, when Daniel Nava came around to score (after a lead-off double) on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Pierzynski.
De La Rosa was replaced by Andrew Miller to start the eighth before Burke Badenhop came on with one out. Badenhop, who entered the game with a 15-inning scoreless streak, dating to May 14, got himself into some trouble, loading bases with two outs after sending Danny Santana to first on a hit by pitch. Badenhop, who was charged with a blown save on Sunday, earned the hold after getting Brian Dozier to strike out.
Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save of the season.
Runners be warned: Jackie Bradley Jr. kept the game scoreless in the third, catalyzing an 8-3-5-2 putout on Sam Fuld.
On second base with one out, Fuld thought twice about scoring on Santana’s single to center. Bradley Jr. hit cut-off man Mike Napoli as Santana looked to take second. After a game of cat and mouse ensued, Napoli lured Fuld into attempting to score before turning back toward home, throwing to Xander Bogaerts and triggering the rundown.
Down on the farm: Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks continued their rehab assignments with Triple-A Pawtucket Monday night.
Both went 0-for-2 on the evening. Middlebrooks started at third base before being replaced by Garin Cecchini in the fifth, while Victorino was hit for in the sixth after making the start in right field.