BOSTON — Weird night for the Twins: Byron Buxton, Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar had five errors between them this season. Then all three collected one on the same night. Dozier hadn’t committed an error since May 24, and it was April 22 for Escobar. And all three errors resulted in unearned runs scoring.
The Twins had allowed three unearned runs in June — then gave up five tonight. But that’s not even their season-high: They surrendered seven unearned on May 6 — to the Red Sox, again. Strange.
Paul Molitor said the Twins have “tossed around some ideas” about how to fortify the bullpen with six games left on this road trip over the next five days. “But right now,” he said, “we’re kind of standing pat.” We’ll see if he, chief baseball office Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine — all of whom are here in Boston — stick with that intention tomorrow.
Molitor said they had also discussed the possibility of bringing back Hector Santiago for Saturday’s doubleheader, since he threw only 50 pitches, but it doesn’t sound like that will happen. “Somebody still has to start Sunday,” Molitor pointed out, and they wouldn’t have the advantage of a 26th roster spot with only one game that day.
Another oddity about Wednesday’s game: Christian Vazquez stole a base. It might not seem like much, since it’s his third steal of the season. But the Twins hadn’t allowed a catcher to steal a base in almost four years, since Derek Norris, then of the A’s, swiped second on Sept. 20, 2013.
Vazquez probably cared more about his second-inning home run, a mammoth blast to left-center, since it was his first since May 2015, or 255 at-bats ago. Molitor wasn’t happy about the pitch sequence that produced that home run.
“The home run batter [had] a seven-consecutive-fastball at-bat,” Molitor said. “Someone’s eventually going to catch one. You’ve got to do a better job there.”
The Twins and Red Sox entered the game with a 307-307 record against each other in the 57 seasons since Minnesota joined the American League when the Senators moved to Bloomington.