Sox Unable to Overcome Twins’ Fast Start in Marathon Monday Rout

April 18

This is Marathon Monday, so we have our annual 11am start time. Hill pitches for the Sox against Bundy. Hill is the first Red Sox Massachusetts native to have a start on Marathon Monday. Before the game, we find out that Kevin Plawiecki has tested positive, so Connor Wong has been called up from Triple-A Worcester as a stopgap measure. With a runner at first and two out in the top of the first, Garlick doubles off the top of the Monster to put two men in scoring position. This hits the ledge of the Monster, which is a home run, so the umpires get together and overrule themselves and call it a home run to make it 2-0 Minnesota. With a runner at first and nobody out in the top of the third, Polanco hits a more obvious home run into the Monster to open it up to 4-0. This is his second of the year. A walk and a single put two more on before a groundout ends the inning.

Bundy pitches very well for the Twins, but Verdugo leads off the bottom of the fifth with a double to left. A single to left by Arroyo puts runners at the corners. He moves up to second on a fly out to put two men in scoring position with one out, and a Vázquez groundout scores Verdugo and breaks the shutout at 4-1. Another groundout ends the inning. With a single in the sixth, Devers has a career-best 15-game hit streak dating back to last year. With one out, Bogaerts doubles to left. Somehow, Devers avoids a sure out at third. I don’t know how he avoided the tag, even after multiple replays. Naturally, the Twins challenge and lose it. Devers is miraculously safe, and Bundy gets pulled. The Sox do not capitalize, which they will regret. With one out in the bottom of the seventh, though, Vázquez hits a Monster shot to make it 4-2. It is his first long ball of the year.

The first two batters reach for the Twins in the top of the eighth and a fly out puts runners at the corners with two out before a wild pitch scores Kepler to make it 5-2 and moves the other man to second. An intentional walk puts two on and a not-so-intentional walk loads the bases before Sánchez and Arraez score to make it 7-2 and prompt a pitching change as the Twins all but wrap this game up. Another wild pitch, this one by Sawamura, scores Celestino and makes it 8-2. The Twins score four times in the eighth despite only garnering one hit. A strikeout finally ends the inning. With a runner at first and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, Jackie Bradley Junior doubles to the left-field corner to put two men in scoring position. With two out, Bogaerts’ infield single scores Vázquez to make it 8-3 before a strikeout ends the game.