Game 2: Twins drop opener at Hammond Stadium
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to force extra innings but the Rays scored three runs off Deolis Guerra in the 10th to hand Minnesota a 10-7 loss in the Hammond Stadium opener on Sunday.
Guerra gave up an RBI single to Leslie Anderson with two outs before serving up a two-run blast to Mark Thomas. It ruined a late rally by the Twins in the ninth inning. Brandon Boggs started it with a three-run blast off reliever Jim Patterson with nobody out in the ninth before Wilkin Ramirez brought home a run with an RBI ground out. Chris Colabello tied it up with an RBI single to score Darin Mastroianni, who served as a pinch-runner and stole second base.
What went right: Twins starter Liam Hendriks was mostly solid in his spring debut, as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk over two innings. He gave up the run on a double to Fontenot and said it came because he slowed his arm too much on a changeup.
Closer Glen Perkins tossed a scoreless inning and struck out the first two batters he faced on just six pitches. He worked in his slider, which he usually waits to develop later in camp, because he wants it to be sharp for the World Baseball Classic.
Right-hander Kyle Gibson threw two scoreless frames and looked very impressive. It was the first time he’d pitched in a Grapefruit League game since undergoing Tommy John surgery and hit 96 mph on the Hammond Stadium radar gun. It impressed Ron Gardenhire so much he joked that he doesn’t want him to pitch again this spring so that it won’t affect his innings limit this season.
Jamey Carroll brought home a run with an RBI double in the second while Chris Parmelee doubled on his 25th birthday. Prospect Eddie Rosario added an RBI single in the fifth.
Boggs crushed a three-run homer in the ninth inning against Rays left-hander Jim Patterson with nobody out to help jump start Minnesota’s late rally.
What went wrong: Brian Duensing struggled in his debut, giving up three runs but wasn’t helped by his defense either. Justin Morneau made an error at first that led to a run.
Anthony Slama also didn’t fare well, as he wasn’t able to get through the eighth inning. He gave up three runs on two walks and two hits. But he also wasn’t helped by his defense, as Rosario made an error early in the inning.
Guerra got the last out of the ninth inning but was forced to come back out for the 10th after the Twins tied it up and struggled. He gave up three runs on two hits and a walk over 1 1/3 innings.
What they said: “What did I like out there? That question could blow up the internet. It was a long day and a lot of baseball. So we got a lot of innings and pitching in. We got some swings and had a nice rally there. And some kids threw the ball pretty well over in the intrasquad today and over here. So there were a lot of good things but a lot of long things, too.” — Gardenhire.
What’s next: Right-hander Vance Worley is set to make his Twins debut on Monday, when they host the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. at Hammond Stadium. Worley, who was acquired in the trade that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies, is expected to throw two innings or about 40 pitches. Right-hander Kyle McPherson is scheduled to start for the Pirates.
Injury update: Trevor Plouffe (calf) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday, according to general manager Terry Ryan. He didn’t suffer a setback and the Twins are just taking it slow with him. … Oswaldo Arcia is expected to be out about a week with a strained intercostal muscle. … Anthony Swarzak (ribs) ran for the first time on Saturday and could start playing catch on Tuesday or Wednesday.