The Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins yesterday thanks to Will Middlebrooks’ three-run double. Boston has had great success against Minnesota this Spring Training. So far in all the meeting between the two teams the Red Sox has outscored the Twins 21-11.
Yesterday afternoon the Red Sox jumped out to an early lead and kept the runs coming in the second inning. Not only was Middlebrooks a key player for Boston, but pitcher Ryan Dempster pitched really well.
Dempster who joined the Red Sox at the end of last year is looking to find his fit in the team’s pitching rotation. Ryan allowed three hits and one run, while he did have three strikeouts and only walked two players during the game. In his past four starts this Spring Training he has only allowed three runs.
Coaches always like to see their pitchers be able to get out of a jam which Dempster did yesterday. In the second inning the Twins Chris Parmelee and Joe Benson were on third and second base respectively. Even as the Twins runners were in a great position to score, Dempster was able to strike out the next two batters to end the inning.
Spring Training is a time for these moments to happen. Managers like Boston’s John Farrell takes pride to see his pitching staff be able to get out of tough situations. Dempster appreciated this experience and will be able to use yesterday’s outing as a reminder that he can pitch his way out of danger.
Today the Red Sox will take on the Baltimore Orioles in an afternoon game at 1:05 PM EST. It looks like Clayton Mortensen will get the start on the mound for Boston.