The bats are cold on a hot day at Fenway.
The Red Sox and Twins are taking a 0-0 duel into the eighth inning. Both starting pitchers — John Lackey and Kyle Gibson — have been outstanding. And the hitting has been terrible for both teams, too.
It was 14 up and 14 down for Gibson until Daniel Nava hit a ground-rule double to right with two out in the fifth inning to give the Sox a baserunner. A. J. Pierzynski grounded out second to first to end the threat. Gibson also has eight strikeouts and no walks on the day. It has been the only Red Sox hit in the game.
Brock Holt also reached in the sixth, on an error to the Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. He was stranded.
David Ortiz reached on an error on the Twins first baseman Joe Mauer in the bottom of the seventh with one out, but Mike Napoli grounded in
After the inning, an animated and clearly agitated Ortiz was seen pointing up at the press box yelling toward the official scorer about the error ruling.
For the Twins offense, Chris Parmelee singled in the fifth and second innings for their only baserunners off Lackey until the eighth when Eduardo Escobar singled on a grounder to Nava in left but was thrown out by Nava trying to stretch it into a double.
Lackey has thrown 93 pitches through eight innings, a whopping 67 for strikes. He has not walked a batter while striking out eight.