Eduardo Escobar sounded mostly Thursday after a high, inside fastball hit him by a 9-2 loss for Boston Red Sox. He demonstrated what he received from Rick Porcello's first inning position and said it would not prevent him from treating dozens of local children for dinner that night.
Twins boss Paul Molitor was less sanguine.
Question about Porcello 92 mph height that hit its best hitter just above the right elbow seemed delivered with one purpose, Molitor stopped before answering.
"It did not look very good for me," he said.
If the place was intended to send a message, or worse, Porcello picked the right guy. Escobar has been Twins' best hitter this season, leading the team with 48 RBI, the 32's major and batting .300 on Thursday's game.
Without Escobar and left fielder Eddie Rosario, a late scratch because of shoulder tenderness, Twins' lineup was no match for Porcello (9-3), allowing a hit and a walk and knocked out five to Follow the Minnesota attempt to sweep one of the best teams in baseball.
Twinsna made two go to the bottom of the ninth on a double by Brian Dozier and victims fly by Logan Morrison but were hopelessly against Porcello, improved to 9-3 and lowered their acquired average to 3.44. After Morrison's first innings single, the twins did not get a new hit until Ryan LaMarre's infield beat Hector Velazquez in the eighth.
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"He threw the ball well," said Molitor. "He had a lot of things that worked."
Escobar had a solid wheeze over his right elbow which is likely to look even worse on Friday and he seems likely to miss the opener of a three-game series against visiting Texas. Rosario, who has a group of 16 homers and 46 RBIs, promised to play, but Escobar is doubtful, officially day by day with an assault.
"I have a feeling that Esco will get pretty tender," Molitor said. "He'll try, or the lobby to get in there, but we have to see how he feels when he comes in here."
Escobar shields from a fast ball moving towards his face when he hit the first inning. In the top half, Twins-star Kyle Gibson (2-5) had hit Boston-named hitter J.D. Martinez with an inside ball which was significantly smaller inside.
"I respect Porcello a lot. He is one of the best cups in the league," said Escobar. "If he did it for purpose, I do not really know what the purpose is behind. I've never done anything to him. I tried to protect myself, and we continue only. "
Asked if he thought Escobar was retaliation, Molitor said:" I have no idea. "
Mitch Garver, replacing Joe Mauer at the first base of the ninth, led the last innings with Twins third hit, a looping single to center, and moved to third on Brian Dozier's double to the right field before scoring against Motter's groundout. Dozier moved to third and made a victim fly from Morrison.
Seven Red Sox hitter drove in at least one race, and Mookie Betts (19) and Andrew Benintendi (13) homered for Boston, who won his 50th match for best in the majors with the New York Yankees, holding a two-pillar lead in the AL-East.
Gibson gave two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings, but relievers Ryan Pressly and Matt Belisle were each marked for three deserves runs and twins lost for the second time in six games, missing only three-game wrap of the first Indians in Cleveland and Red Sox on Thursday.
"Two really good teams we could not finish it against," said de Molitor. "You take the four out of six on the big picture, but today you're thinking about sweeping."