Game 5: Offense helps Twins to third straight win
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Minnesota’s offense erupted for 17 hits en route to a 12-5 win over the Phillies on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium.
Ryan Doumit crushed a three-run shot to lead the way while Aaron Hicks had another impressive day at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Josh Willingham also went 3-for-3 and is hitting .667 (6-for-9) this spring.
What went right: The offense was the story of the day, as Twins hitters were locked in against the Phillies.
Doumit came into the game hitless in five at-bats but ended up going 2-for-3, including a three-run blast off right-hander Kyle Simon. Hicks had his second straight two-RBI game and is now hitting .400 this spring.
Willingham continued to swing a hot bat with three hits while Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in his second Grapefruit League game. Wilkin Ramirez and Mark Sobolewski both had two-hit games with Sobolewski getting three RBIs.
Left-hander Brian Duensing tossed 1 2/3 hitless innings in relief of Kevin Correia and earned praise from manager Ron Gardenhire. Closer Glen Perkins also threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief in his second-to-last appearance before he heads to Arizona on Sunday to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.
P.J. Walters, Andrew Albers and Caleb Thielbar each threw a scoreless inning in relief.
What went wrong: Correia was mostly shaky, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings. He was slated to go three innings but couldn’t get through it, as he needed 49 pitches to record seven outs.
Correia said he wasn’t worried about his outing and it’s hard to blame him if he had much more on his mind, considering he’s flying back to San Diego tonight to attend the birth of his third child.
Reliever Jared Burton got hit hard, as he surrendered two runs on three hits while recording just two outs. But there’s not much to worry about with Burton, as he’s a lock to be the club’s top setup man to Perkins this season.
The Twins were sloppy in the field at times and committed two errors with both first baseman Chris Colabello and second baseman Ray Olmedo being charged with errors. Chris Parmelee had one errant throw from right field trying to get a runner going from first to third in the first inning but made up for it by getting Kevin Frandsen at third base as he attempted to reach third from first on a single from Pete Orr in the second inning.
What they said: “It was a long ballgame but long ballgames are good when you score more than the other guys and we did that. There was some ugliness out there with some plays being missed. But we also swung the bats really well today and ran around the bases, which is fun to see.” — Gardenhire said.
What’s next: Right-hander Liam Hendriks is slated to make his second Grapefruit League start on Thursday against the Orioles at 1:05 E.T. at Hammond Stadium. Hendriks gave up one run on two hits over two innings in his first outing against the Rays on Sunday. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens is set to start for Baltimore. The Twins are also playing in a “B” Game against the Red Sox with right-hander Samuel Deduno set to start for the Twins. Jose Berrios, Alex Meyer and B.J. Hermsen are also scheduled to pitch for Minnesota.
Injury update: Left-hander Scott Diamond (elbow) is set to throw his first full bullpen session on Thursday. … Right-hander Anthony Swarzak (ribs) is scheduled to play catch for the first time on Thursday.