After two straight drubbings by Boston, many thought that the Red Sox would be able to take on a struggling Twins pitcher in Pat Dean and sweep this series. Unfortunately, even with a strong performance by starting pitcher Rick Porcello, the Red Sox were not able to figure things out and win this game.
Porcello struggled early, allowing runs in the first and second inning, but settled in and gave the Red Sox seven strong innings. This gave the bullpen some relief, especially after yesterday's terrible start from Eduardo Rodriguez, where he could not make it out of the fifth inning. The bullpen only had to hurl 2.1 innings, but that is because Matt Barnes again blew the lead for the Red Sox and ultimately cost them the game. Some may blame Xander Bogaerts' errors or Travis Shaw's inability to bunt, but this game falls solely on the shoulders of Matt Barnes. For some reason, John Farrell is throwing Barnes into situations that are crucial in deciding the outcomes of games. Some may attribute this to the lack of depth in the bullpen after the Carson Smith injury but something needs to change.
Offensively, the Red Sox were not able to figure out Pat Dean, as they could only muster up three hits and one earned run in 6.1 innings.
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