Red Sox fret over closer ahead of rematch with Twins

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Field Level Media
25 Aug 2021, 16:55 GMT+10

Three wins successful 4 games person the Boston Red Sox backmost connected track, but the nine inactive has a important occupation connected its hands arsenic it gets acceptable to look the Minnesota Twins successful the 2nd contention of a three-game bid Wednesday night.

The Red Sox won the opener 11-9, a effect marred by the information they led9-3 aft 5 innings. While aggregate arms successful the bullpen faltered, nary stood retired much than Matt Barnes, who entered the ninth inning with a three-run pb aft an Enrique Hernandez two-run location tally successful the eighth.

Barnes proceeded to service up a leadoff homer to Josh Donaldson earlier walking the adjacent 2 men helium faced. He was pulled successful favour of Hansel Robles, who recorded 2 strikeouts connected his mode to ending the crippled without further damage.

"We're concerned," Boston skipper Alex Cora said of his All-Star closer's struggles.

Barnes has surrendered 10 runs implicit 5 1/3 innings successful 9 appearances this month, including different meltdown Monday successful the Red Sox's walk-off triumph implicit the Texas Rangers.

"We person to marque adjustments, immoderate it is," Cora said.

The Red Sox nonstop right-hander Nick Pivetta (9-6, 4.43 ERA) to the mound Wednesday looking to rebound from a unsmooth showing against the New York Yankees past clip out. The Twins antagonistic with rookie righty Bailey Ober (1-2, 4.38).

Minnesota has mislaid 4 consecutive to driblet to the cellar of the American League Central standings.

While Barnes' struggles instrumentality halfway signifier for Boston, the club's biggest agleam spot has been the continued occurrence of Hunter Renfroe. The slugger went heavy doubly and finished with 5 RBIs connected Tuesday to amended his totals for the period to 10 and 21, respectively.

Renfroe's 10 homers pb the majors successful August and correspond a caller single-month vocation high.

"People don't speech often astir him -- he's been astonishing for us," Cora said of Renfroe. "He's earned each close to spell play."

New summation Travis Shaw has homered successful back-to-back games for Boston, portion Alex Verdugo has recorded 3 hits successful 2 consecutive contests.

Minnesota's bats besides showed beingness Tuesday aft the nine was held to 8 runs full implicit 3 consecutive roadworthy losses to the Yankees. Jorge Polanco led the mode successful the opener astatine Boston with a location tally and 3 RBIs, portion Miguel Sano besides drove successful 3 successful his instrumentality from the paternity list.

"You'll ever instrumentality that benignant of mentality and that benignant of play erstwhile you're behind," said manager Rocco Baldelli. "Nobody folded up today. The guys continued to go. You privation to spot that each clip you're down."

Ober held the Cleveland Indians to 3 runs (two earned) implicit six innings successful a nonaccomplishment his past clip out. He hasn't won since July 5, a span of 7 starts. The 26-year-old volition look the Red Sox for the archetypal clip successful his career.

Pivetta was tagged for 4 runs implicit 1 2/3 innings against the Yankees. He had allowed 1 tally full implicit his erstwhile 2 starts.

Pivetta opposed the Twins portion a subordinate of the Philadelphia Phillies successful 2019. He gave up 4 runs (three earned) implicit 5 innings successful a win.

--Field Level Media

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