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6/27: Weather Delays, Homers Cost Twins in 9-2 Loss at Fenway

The Minnesota Twins fell to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night 9-2 after two long weather delays. Hector Santiago returned to the mound for the Twins and had some trouble finding home plate. The Red Sox took advantage of this when Christian Vasquez hit a two-run-home run that gave them a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Santiago was able to record just six outs before Paul Molitor decided to bring in relievers who also struggled Tuesday.

The Red Sox took advantage of this when Christian Vasquez hit a two-run home run that gave them a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Santiago was able to record just six outs before the rains came, and Paul Molitor was forced to bring in relievers who also struggled Tuesday.

BOX SCORE

“It’s crazy when you go 20 days without being in a big league game, how that strike zone feels like it’s closing in on you,” Santiago told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But I feel like I had some good velocity, some good separation between the fastball and breaking balls. I just wish it could have gone on longer.”

During Tuesday night’s loss, the Twins pitching as a whole gave up ten hits and seven walks. The Twins looked lost after the rain delay and left manager Molitor wondering what to change with his defense.  

“We haven’t had a lot of games where our defense has let us down to a degree that had a big influence on the outcome. Tuesday was a little bit different,” Paul Molitor told the Star Tribune. “We gave the Red Sox extra outs, and those guys capitalized.”

Byron Buxton, one of the Twins best defensive players struggled as he allowed a run to score off a throw to home that went over catcher Jason Castro’s head. Eduardo Escobar also recorded an error when he missed a routine ground ball at third base, which resulted in an extra run for Boston.

“I’ve seen some really good games here and I’ve seen some ugly ones,” Molitor told the Star Tribune. “Tuesday’s game would fall in the latter category for sure.”

The Twins didn’t have much offense in Tuesday’s game except for late runs when the game was already essentially decided. Buxton delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning to get the Twins on the board and Escobar added a solo home run in the eighth inning.

The Twins look to rebound from a poor defensive outing against the Red Sox as they continue the four-game-series on Wednesday night.

Scott Jordahl

[Star Tribune]


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