Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Rick Porcello Fires Gem, Offense Gives Just Enough, Sox Beat Twinkies, 2-0

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After playing the 'Quadruple A' Orioles, the Red Sox moved on to the team with the best record in baseball—the Minnesota Twins. Their Lee County Spring Training neighbors have combined a resurgent offense with great starting pitching to dominate the AL Central this year. So, all Rick Porcello did was fire seven shutout innings—yielding just four hits and striking out eight. The former Cy Young winner pushed his record to 5-6 and lowered his ERA to 4.31. The bullpen delivered two innings of scoreless relief—against a very good offensive lineup in the eventual 2-0 shutout win. The hitting stars were J.D.Martinez and Xander Bogaerts—each 2-4 with an RBI. The win kept the Red Sox 5.5 games behind The Evil Ones in the AL East.