Red Sox lose to Twins in Eovaldi’s first appearance

Last we saw Nathan Eovaldi on the mound, he became a postseason hero for the Red Sox. On Wednesday, he held the Twins quiet with his first Spring Training performance, but it was once again the bullpen woes that led to another Red Sox spring loss.

Eovaldi pitched three innings and gave up his only run on a solo shot to Byron Buxton. Eovaldi’s fastball was reminiscent of what he did last October; he hit 99 on the gun twice against the first batter he faced.

Blake Swihart started the scoring with a two run double in the second. With all three catchers vying for a spot on the roster, Swihart has been putting together an excellent spring. He went 2-for-3 on Wednesday with his RBI. His OPS currently stands at 1.033, better than both Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez.

After Eovaldi gave up his sole run, the Twins offense took over. They scored in every inning apart from the fifth and eighth., putting up eight runs on the Red Sox bullpen.

The Red Sox would fight back with a few runs of their own. A Brock Holt RBI double and Tate Matheny‘s two-run triple pushed the Sox to five runs. Matheny now has 6 RBI in 27 AB’s this spring.

However, it would not be enough to overcome the struggles of the bullpen, as the Sox fell to the Twins, 9-5.

On Thursday, the Red Sox will face the Tigers with first pitch at 1:05 p.m. This will be Boston’s second matchup with Detroit in three days, as Eduardo Rodriguez will make his third start of the spring. First pitch 1:05

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