Alex Cora has decided to qualify for the eighth round of Monday's game at Target Field.
Rick Porcello was completely in touch with the Boston Red Sox after seven scoreless innings in which he only allowed four hits by eliminating eight Minnesota Twins. And at only 94 pitches, Porcello was in position to take eighth place.
But Cora preferred to choose Colten Brewer, who scored his fifth consecutive goal before giving up his place to Ryan Brasier. The two-handed combined allowed only one hit in the last two frames, while Boston won the first game of the series against the best of Major League Baseball.
The Red Sox coach admitted that he was "a little" tempted to let Porcello take eighth place, but Cora did not want the story to repeat itself.
"We've talked about it once before, so I'm learning quickly," said Cora from Christopher Smith of MassLive.
Cora refers to the Porcello outing on May 17th against the Houston Astros. While the Red Sox kept a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning at Fenway Park, Cora gave Porcello a little too much time, while right-hander George Springer scored twice in a row. possible loss 3-1. The sophomore skipper played safety this time and his decision paid off.
"I asked Rick and he was very honest, which is great," said Cora.
"When it comes to pairing, Brewer makes sense with a lot of these guys and obviously, Brasier was cool."
The Red Sox have now won six straight games before the middle game against the Twins. A win in Boston on Tuesday night would mark the first set of three consecutive losses of the season in Minnesota.
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