Tuesday’s Red Sox-Twins matchups: Jon Lester vs. Phil Hughes
|06.17.14 at 8:35 am ET|
Lester (7-7, 3.33 ERA) bounced back from a poor performance (4 1/3 innings, five runs) against Detroit on June 7, holding the Indians to one run over 7 2/3 innings en route to a 5-2 Boston victory last Thursday.
“It was good. A win’s a win,” Lester said after the game. “A bit of a grind, but some of the mistakes I did make were just singles.”
Despite his poor showing against the Tigers, Lester has been brilliant in June, posting a 2.84 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 5.33 K/BB ratio in three starts this month.
Lester was the tough-luck loser in his last start against Minnesota on Aug. 2, 2012, allowing three earned runs over eight innings of work in what was a 5-0 Twins victory. In nine career games (eight starts) against the Twins, Lester is 1-4 with a 4.74 ERA.
Hughes (7-2, 3.17 ERA) was dominant in his last start against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, surrendering seven hits and no runs over seven innings while recording a season-high nine strikeouts.
Hughes’ performance helped the Twins capture their first series win in Toronto since 2005. Minnesota has won all six series against AL East teams this season.
“It says a lot,” Hughes said. “This is a tough division to pitch in, especially on the road. These are some tough ballparks to pitch in. So to be able to come in here and win this series is huge, especially with their offensive ability.”
Hughes, who posted a 6.43 ERA through his first four starts of the 2014 season, has rebounded in a major way, posting a 2.27 ERA with 55 strikeouts and just three walks over his last 10 starts.
Hughes’ last start against the Red Sox came on May 15, as the former Yankee held Boston one run over six innings while striking out eight. In 23 games (14 starts) against the Red Sox, Hughes is 5-7 with a 5.40 ERA.
Twins vs. Lester (LHP)
Joe Mauer (24 plate appearances): .350/.458/.450, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs
Kurt Suzuki (18): .250/.333/.250, 4 singles, 2 strikeouts
Eduardo Nunez (16): .133/.188/.133, 2 singles, 5 strikeouts
Josh Willingham (16): .182/.438/.182, 2 singles, 4 walks
Sam Fuld (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 single, 1 RBI
Kendrys Morales (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI
Trevor Plouffe (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 single, 1 strikeout
Brian Dozier (3): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double
Chris Parmelee has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Lester.
Red Sox vs. Hughes (RHP)
Dustin Pedroia (33): .290/.333/.645, 3 home runs, 9 RBIs
David Ortiz (30): .360/.433/.720, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs
A.J. Pierzynski (18): .167/.167/.167, 3 singles, 2 strikeouts
Daniel Nava (13): .231/.231/.231, 3 singles
Mike Napoli (12): .417/.417/.917, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs
Jonny Gomes (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 single, 4 strikeouts
Grady Sizemore (6): .000/.000/.000
David Ross (5): .600/.600/1.200, 1 home run, 1 RBI
Jackie Bradley Jr. has one double and two strikeouts in four plate appearances vs. Hughes.
Xander Bogaerts has one single in three plate appearances vs. Hughes.
Stephen Drew has one strikeout in two plate appearances vs, Hughes.
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