Boston Red Sox top prospect Michael Chavis is showing the world why he’s the best prospect the Red Sox have to offer. The third baseman hit yet another home run on Sunday afternoon, helping lift the Red Sox to a 9-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Michael Chavis Hits Another Home Run, Red Sox Win 9-7
The game was relatively quiet early on, with the Minnesota Twins holding onto a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Chavis, earning the start at first base, stepped into the plate with the bases empty. Chavis proceeded to make it a one-score game after taking an outside curveball and knocking it over the center field fence. This was one of seven runs allowed by Chase De Jong, who had one of the worst games of his young career.
Chavis was far from the only good bat in the Red Sox lineup. Boston Red Sox hero Tony Renda hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning while Mookie Betts and C.J. Chatham both doubled. Chatham in particular had a good day, going 2-2 and driving in three runs.
Darwinzon Hernandez earned the start and had a very Darwinzon Hernandez outing. The talented lefty pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three. However, he walked two batters. Command is the biggest issue with Hernandez, as he has the stuff to be a top-rotation starter if he could learn to throw strikes.
Tyler Thornburg‘s rough spring continues. The one-time great reliever pitched one inning on Sunday, allowing one run on two hits and one strikeout. It’s obviously a small sample, but Thornburg currently has a 13.50 ERA throughout the spring. The former Brewer is on a non-guaranteed contract and could find himself off the Red Sox if he can’t turn his spring around.