Top 9th: Twins 8, Red Sox 0
Game over. Ron Mahay retires the Sox in order in the 9th ending a frustrating day of baseball for the Red Sox, who couldn’t pitch, hit or play defense. Bring on Tampa Bay.
Top 8th: Twins 8, Red Sox 0
Adrian Beltre: 6-4-3 DP with bases loaded. Ouch.
Bottom 7th: Twins 8, Red Sox 0
Michael Cuddyer’s 2-run homer just cleared the fence in left off Scott Schoeneweis. Attendance just announced at 38,341. Second day not a sellout.
Bottom 6th: Twins 6, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox are playing with their heads in the clouds today. Not into it at all. Wakefield got a bad break when what would have been the second out of the inning, J.J. Hardy’s grounder to Adrian Beltre, resulted in a throwing error by Beltre. Punto followed with a single and Denard Span doubled to right scoring Hardy and Punto. Wakefield was out after 5-1/3, 10 H, 5ER, 1BB, 2Ks. Not vintage Wake.
Bottom 5th: Twins 4, Red Sox 0
Twins added to their lead on Denard Span’s bloop single into No Man’s Land in left over Adrian Beltre’s head scoring Nick Punto, who had doubled off the left field wall to start the inning. After Span’s hit, Wakefield struck out Orlando Hudson and walked Joe Mauer intentionally. Mauer was 5-for-12 (.417) against Wakefield, but had gone 0-for-2 with a deep out to left. After the walk, Justin Morneau drilled a single off the right field wall scoring Span and sending Mauer to third. Cuddyer’s sacrifice fly to right got Mauer in. Three damaging runs on a day where Minnesota’s 42s were playing with a lot more energy than Boston’s 42s.
Bottom 4th: Twins 1, Red Sox 0
Wakefield left Michael Cuddyer stranded at third after Cuddyer’s leadoff single. Wakefield got the next two outs, but chaos happened when Wake threw a pitch in the dirt on which Cuddyer broke for second. Victor Martinez recovered quickly but muscled a throw over second base into centerfield. Cuddyer advanced to third, but stopped there even with Hall muffing the retrieval a tad. Wake has thrown 57 pitches through four innings. Boy is Martinez having trouble throwing this season!
Bottom 2nd: Twins 1, Red Sox 0
Marco Scutaro made a terrific diving play on Michael Cuddyer’s grounder deep in the SS hole. Scuatro fielded the ball on the grass in short left, bounded back up and made a strong accurate throw to first That was the highlight of the inning. With two outs, Jim Thome singled to right after the ball deflected off Dustin Pedroia’s glove and Jason Kubel singled to right sending Thome to third. J.J. Hardy singled up the middle scoring the first Twins’ run. Hall didn’t field the ball cleanly allowing the runners to advance, but Wakefield got Nick Punto to make an out.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Twins 0
Sox have three hits in two innings but nothing to show for it. MIke Lowell singled to leadoff the second and is now 3-for-3 career vs. Liriano and Bill Hall walked with one out. That brought up No. 9 hitter, Jeremy Hermida, who stroked a clutch three-run double in the 8th inning Wednesday. But Hermida grounded out to first and beat out the throw back to avoid a double-play. With runners at the corners, Scutaro grounded out to third base. He thought it was foul and didn’t run it out. Terry Francona came out to speak to homeplate umpire Tim Tschida.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0
Another nice day here at Target Field, sunny, game-time temp was 65 degrees. Both teams were wearing No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The Sox started out well against lefty Francisco Liriano, but couldn’t finish things off. After leadoff man Marco Scutaro flied out to left, Dustin Pedroia singled to right and Victor Martinez doubled down the left field line. Kevin Youkilis couldn’t check a swing and was called out on a swinging strike three. Adrian Beltre grounded out to strand both runners.