FORT MYERS, FLA. – A first-inning error, a second-inning fly ball lost in the sun, and a third-inning mental mistake made Kevin Correia’s start against the Red Sox on Thursday look worse than it was. But all the sloppiness combined to doom the split-squad Twins to a 12-5 loss to the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium.
“I wasn’t able to throw back-to-back good pitches,” Correia said after he was scored upon for the third start in a row, raising his ERA to 6.75. “But actually, I’m really close to where I need to be.”
Correia gave up three runs, two of them earned, on six hits over 2 ⅓ innings, and threw close to 60 pitches. Five of the hits were singles, and the sixth was a shallow fly ball that landed at Joe Benson’s feet for a double after the outfielder couldn’t locate it in the sun.
“It’s windy, and sunny, and strange things happen in spring training,” Correia shrugged. “It’s a real tough sun.”
A potential double-play ball turned into a hit in the third inning when shortstop Ray Olmedo’s backhand flip to second base was off-target, ending Correia’s day.
Caleb Thielbar was hit for five runs in 1 ⅔ innings, including a three-run homer by Mike Napoli, and B.J. Hermsen allowed three runs, two of them earned, in 1 ⅔ innings.
Boston pitchers struck out 14 Twins, meanwhile, including four apiece by Benson and Brandon Boggs.
|Atlanta - LP: A. Wood||0||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo||1|
|Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar||5||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Verlander||7|
|Toronto - LP: R. Dickey||0||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson||7|
|Seattle - LP: J. Beimel||6||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: P. Figueroa||8|
|Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: M. Bumgarner||1|
|Colorado - WP: F. Morales||3||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy||1|
|St. Louis||8||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Milwaukee||2||Bottom 8th Inning|
|NY Yankees||8||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Toronto||5||Top 8th Inning|
|Boston||1||Top 7th Inning|
|Kansas City||5||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Minnesota||0||1st Prd 14:55|
|Los Angeles||9:30 PM|