Alex Cora had made the decision to start the eighth inning of the match on Monday evening on Target Field.
Rick Porcello had an absolute deal with the Boston Red Sox after playing seven scoreless innings, in which he allowed only four hits while defeating eight Minnesota twins. And with just 94 spaces, Porcello was able to take eighth place.
Instead, Cora opted to pull his starter in favor of Colten Brewer, who scored his fifth goalless run in a row before giving way to Ryan Brasier. The two right-handers were able to score only one goal in the last two frames when Boston won the series debut over Major League Baseball.
The Red Sox manager admitted that he was "a bit" tempted to tackle Porcello eighth, but Cora did not want the story to repeat itself.
"We've been through this before, so I'm a quick starter," Cora told MassLive's Christopher Smith.
Cora refers to Porcello's deployment on May 1
"I asked Rick and he was very honest, which is great," Cora said.
"Match-wise, Brewer makes sense with many of these guys and obviously Brasier was fresh."
The Red Sox have now won against the Twins six times in a row in the second round. A victory in Boston on Tuesday night would mean the first defeat in Minnesota in three games of the season.
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