Don’t be fooled by the final score — it was 17-6, by the way — and try not to get too distracted by the number of hits (15) and home runs (5) the Red Sox had, all of which were a long time coming.
Without closer Craig Kimbrel, the Boston Red Sox don’t win Sunday.
“If there’s ever a chance to award a save before the ninth inning,”
manager John Farrell said, “that certainly is it.”
Kimbrel, a right-hander, was credited with neither a save nor a win for what he did in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins. But in entering a one-run game with one out and inheriting the tying run on third base from setup man Matt Barnes and lefty reliever Robby Scott, Kimbrel’s back-to-back strikeouts of left-handed pinch hitters Joe Mauer and Max Kepler were as clutch as it gets for a closer in what turned out to be a non-save situation.