MINNEAPOLIS – About eight hours before he left Target Field, Alex Cora made a rather remarkable comment on his team.
"It's just that the mood is different," said the Red Sox manager during his meeting before playing with the media. It's no longer wanted, you feel it, you're coming to the ballpark every day now and it feels like last year, we're finding ways to beat teams. we were looking for mechanics and swings and whatever, now it's different, now it's just a matter of assembly. "
Then, after a 5-hour, 45-minute, 17-inning defeat to the Twins, Cora was asked if the overall mood was dented. (To learn more about the 4-3 loss of the Sox, click here.)
"Not at all, no, actually reversed," he said when asked to change the setting. "We were already in this situation ̵
This was not the third game at Dodger Stadium. There are good, but not kind of Nathan Eovaldi-like performances. This was also an inning and 95 minutes shorter than winning the Los Angeles World Series. But there was more to tell than the 75th game of the season. That's what baseball will do.
For the sake of brevity (because we can not all use a certain amount of brevity after some of these games), let's put this baby in a nutshell …
– David Price only went five innings, one run to four Give up blows while pitching 73 pitches. After the game, Cora suggested that this was the plan to protect the left. Price would not put the entire plan on the shoulders of his manager and say the shortened trip is also his business.
"It was a collective decision," Price said. "It was not Alex. It was not up to him."
– Cora began his opening speech with an apology to the referee crew. The Sox manager argued in the 17th inning that the twin Eddie Rosario had kicked out of the boxer's box while bitching. The altercation continued immediately after the match, with many members of the Red Sox, along with colleagues Jim Reynolds, Stu Scheurwater and Mark Wegner, calling home referee Jeremie Rehak.
"Before we start, I want to apologize to the referees," said Cora. "Obviously, emotions take over, if you look at the repetition and Eddie was out of the box, you did an excellent job of how long it took, it's one of those that are hard to swallow, you see it and the emotions. " but that was out of character, that was my fault. "
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– The Star The game was undoubtedly Minnesota's Max Kepler, the outfielder winning the game with one This was after he had played the game in both the eighth and thirteenth inning.
As for the Red Sox pitchers who had been victimized by Kepler:
Brandon Workman gave up the run-up The eighth part was partly due to a few walks that allowed the twins to get things done after Rafael Devers gave the visitors the lead in seventh place, but the silver lining was that Workman had seen no flash speed all season and on his last pitch during the night reached 95 mph when he first took such a speed this year.
Hector Velazquez's first batsman was Kepler The result was Solo Homer, which spoiled Mookie Betts' launch on the early 13th. Velazquez rebounded to throw four innings of the three-hit ball before injuring his back during the warm-up for the 17th.
Brian Johnson was asked to take the final picture, with Marcus Walden the only other Reliever who did not show up. The trip was not good, the left gave three hits.
"I was good, so I went out," Johnson said, starting on Friday. "I said AC, I told Dana (LeVangie), I feel physically good and I was able to go there and obviously could not do the job."
– The Red Sox missed a number of occasions, but none was as painful as what happened in the 17th. Following an Andrew Benintendi singles single, the outfielder was in third place thanks to a stolen base and a mistake. All this with J.D. Martinez, who shows up. But unfortunately for the Red Sox, this was not Martinez's night, in which the designated batsman succumbed to one of his five strikes. He was followed by ground outs by Devers and Xander Bogaerts, who ended the threat with a whimper.
– Despite the hiccups of Workman, Velazquez and Johnson, the overall work of Red Sox's bullpen was positive. After Price's departure, Mike Shawaryn, Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes and Colten Brewer had a scoreless inning, and Josh Taylor spun some flawless frames.
"It was pretty cool to see there were some good pitches," Cora said. "What JT has done today, two innings with left and right, and Brewer and Shawaryn, is always positive about these games, we can compete so well with each other, we did an excellent job, just one of those we do not finish to have." the job, but today there were a lot of positives in the pitching statistics.
– The defensive climax of the night was evident, that would belong to Jackie Bradley Jr.