On Monday night, it took 11 innings before the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins could determine a winner. Stephen Drew was able to a double off the bottom of the green monster and send around the winning run. The Red Sox took the first game of the series, 6-5.
On Tuesday night, the Red Sox will call on Ryan Dempster to take the mound. Dempster is on a roll as of late and will not only look to keep his good luck moving forward, but start another win streak for his team. In his last outing, the right hander tossed six innings, allowing only one earned run and striking out a season-low four batters.
This season, Dempster has been striking out batters at a higher clip than normal with an 11.75 K/9, over his career average of 7.85. Striking out a season-high 10 batters twice this season already. The 36-year-old had only struck out 10 or more batters twice over the past three years, before joining the Red Sox.
Dempster has posted a 2-2 record with a 3.00 ERA and 47 strikeouts, good for 13th in the MLB, over 36 innings of work this season. Additionally, batters are batting only .189 against the Red Sox starter.
That said, there is one Twins player who loves to travel to Fenway Park and take his swings. In 25 career games at Fenway Park, Justin Morneau is 37-for-101 (.366) with 10 doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs. Additionally, Morneau is 6-for-12 (.500) with a home run and RBI against Dempster over his career.
The Twins will send Scott Diamond to the mound for the 7:10 p.m. EST first pitch. Diamond is 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA this season and has never made an appearance against the Red Sox over his career. Only Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes have faced the Twins starter over their careers, and neither has been able to tally a hit against him.