Pineda blanked the Red Sox across seven innings Thursday, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out six. He did not factor into the decision.
After giving up a leadoff single to Enrique Hernandez, Pineda retired 14 straight batters before issuing a walk to Hunter Renfroe in the fifth frame. It's worth noting that the Red Sox decided to test their weather alarm before and during Renfroe's at-bat. Pineda not only pitched through it, he bounced back from the walk by sending Franchy Cordero down on strikes to end the inning. The right-hander then faced the minimum over the next two frames and left the game poised for the win with a three-run lead. Unfortunately, the bullpen robbed him of that opportunity by allowing the Red Sox to tie the score in the eighth. Pineda has now allowed three or fewer earned runs in his last 11 starts dating back to 2019. On the season, the 32-year-old leads the Twins with a shiny 1.00 ERA and 0.72 WHIP across three games. He's scheduled to take the mound again Wednesday at Oakland.