Game 26: Twins throw one-hitter vs. Orioles
SARASOTA, Fla. — Five Twins pitchers, including starter Anthony Swarzak, combined to one-hit the Orioles in a 5-0 win on Tuesday at Ed Smith Stadium.
The Twins return home on Wednesday to host the Phillies at Hammond Stadium with left-hander Francisco Liriano set to take the mound.
What went right: The Twins shut down the Orioles, allowing just one hit and three walks on the afternoon.
Swarzak tossed 3 2/3 hitless innings, but did issue all three free passes. But Swarzak was rewarded after the game, as Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Swarzak will be on the Opening Day roster.
Right-hander Jeff Gray also retired all seven batters he faced to lower his ERA to 2.16 this spring. He still likely remains on the outside looking in, but is on the 40-man roster and out of Minor League options.
Jared Burton continued his solid spring with a perfect seventh inning to lower his ERA to 1.13. And closer Matt Capps retired all three batters he faced in the ninth.
Justin Morneau also picked up another hit with an RBI single in the fifth inning. He drilled a two-strike curveball from right-hander Chris Tillman into right field.
Jamey Carroll went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in the second while Luke Hughes added an RBI double in the first.
The Twins also made a few nice defensive plays, including a diving snare from shortstop Brian Dozier and a diving play from second baseman Alexi Casilla in the sixth.
What went wrong: Not much, but left-hander Glen Perkins gave up the lone hit on a double to Robert Andino with two outs in the eighth inning.
But even on that play, the Twins executed a great relay, as Ben Revere got the ball to Alexi Casilla who threw Andino out at third.
What they said: “A good day,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I like to see that, get the outs we’re supposed to get, and pitchers throwing it over for the most part.”
What’s next: Left -hander Francisco Liriano is scheduled to make his sixth Grapefruit League start of the spring on Wednesday against the Phillies at Hammond Stadium. Liriano has been excellent so far this spring, posting a 2.00 ERA with 23 strikeouts and three walks in 18 innings. Right-hander Vance Worley is slated to start for Philadelpha.
Injury update: Outfielder Trevor Plouffe (strained right hamstring) is scheduled to play in a Minor League game on Wednesday after going through a workout without any issues on Tuesday. … Infielder Sean Burroughs had an X-ray taken on his left forearm a day after it was hit by a pitch. The results should come in on Wednesday … Outfielder Josh Willingham is fine after tweaking his ankle before Monday’s game against the Rays.