Game 14: Pelfrey solid again in win over Red Sox
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Mike Pelfrey tossed three scoreless innings to help lead the Twins to a 2-0 win in their first night game of Spring Training against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park.
The Twins improved to 8-6 with the victory and travel to Bradenton on Saturday to face the Pirates.
What went right: Pelfrey set the tone, as he had his second straight scoreless appearance for the Twins.
He struggled a bit in the first inning — he loaded the bases after failing to turn two on a comebacker hit by Johnny Gomes — but settled down after that. He had much better command of his sinker and struck out five.
Relievers Brian Duensing, Josh Roenicke, Michael Tonkin and Tyler Robertson combined to throw six scoreless innings. Duensing was particularly impressive, as he threw two perfect innings. Tonkin has also been turning heads this camp, and struck out two in a scoreless inning.
Aaron Hicks continued his recent tear, as he went 1-for-3 with a double and scored on a single from Brian Dozier in the third inning. You can read more about him here. Ryan Doumit also went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the third.
What went wrong: Not much. The Twins didn’t allow a run and played good defense throughout.
The only mistake was Pelfrey trying to turn a double play instead of just throwing to first base because the runner was stealing second base. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said it was also the fault of his infielders, as they should’ve yelled to Pelfrey to throw to first.
Roenicke threw two scoreless innings but did issue two walks. He has a big arm and had a career year with Colorado last season, but needs to work on his control.
What they said: “Pelfrey got his work in. His first inning was a little entertaining. I think he tried to do a little too much with breaking ball and all that. But after that he started trusting his fastball and moved it in and out better the last couple innings. The rest of the guys also threw the ball well.” — Gardenhire.
What’s next: Right-hander Cole De Vries is set to take the mound for the Twins on Saturday against the Pirates in a 1:05 p.m. ET start in Bradenton. De Vries, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, has yet to allow a run in four innings this spring. Right-hander A.J. Burnett is scheduled to start for the Pirates.
Injury update: Right fielder Chris Parmelee (tight right groin) is expected to return to action this weekend. He could be back as early as tomorrow. … Outfielder Darin Mastroianni (sore left hamstring) is expected to return to the lineup against the Pirates tomorrow. … Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (strained intercostal muscle) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut this weekend at some point.