Twins lose but Eddie Rosario gets key time in at the plate
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Theres nothing like a nice fat pitch to get your bat going in spring training.
Eddie Rosario, trying to make up for missing nine games, got a pitch over the plate from Red Sox righthander Rick Porcello and drove it over the head of right fielder Mookie Betts for a RBI double in the first inning.
That allowed the Twins to take an early lead, but Boston scored three runs in the bottom of inning and ended up beating the Twins 4-2 on Friday at jetBlue Park.
The win allowed the Red Sox to clinch the Governors Cup, awarded to winner of the annual spring training series.
But its more important for players to get ready for the regular season. Rosario has been slowed by triceps tendonitis, which kept him out of the lineup until Thursday, when he was the designated hitter against Tampa Bay.
Rosario was the DH again on Friday, getting four plate appearances. He went 1-for-4 with the RBI double.
Boston scored three runs in the first inning off of Twins righthander Myles Jaye, a non-roster invite to camp, including a two run double to left-center by Hanley Ramirez.
The Twins cut it to 3-2 with run on a strange play in the second. With the bases loaded and one out, Byron Buxton popped up in front of the plate. An infield fly rule was in order, but it didnt appear that anyone of the umpires called it.
Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart botched the fly ball, as it fell to the ground. Porcello picked up the ball, stepped home plate then threw to second. Erick Aybar ran home, Bobby Wilson went from second to third and Zack Granite went from first to second.
The inning was over, but Aybars run was allowed to score. How?
Apparently, the infield fly rule was called. Buxton was out, and the runners were allowed to advance at their own risk. Porcello stepping on home plate meant nothing. And Aybar scored before Wilson was doubled off second.
Boston made it 4-2 on Sam Travis RBI single in the seventh.