Game 17: Twins rally late for win over the Rays
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Prosect Oswaldo Arcia had an impressive day at the plate, and Ray Olmedo had the game-winning hit with an RBI triple in the 10th inning to help the Twins to a 6-4 win over the Rays on Monday night at Charlotte Sports Park.
With the win, the Twins improved to 10-7 in Grapefruit League play. They have their first off-day on Tuesday before hosting the Orioles in a night game on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium.
What went right: Arcia, who was playing in just his second game this spring after suffering a pulled intercostal muscle, went 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch.
He also scored in the first inning on a throwing error by shortstop Yunel Escobar on a ball hit by Joe Benson and again in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Darin Mastroianni.
Mastroianni also had a good day with a diving catch in left while also going 1-for-1 to raise to his average to .412 before being replaced by Brandon Boggs. First baseman Jeff Clement went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in the first inning off right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Joe Benson and Eric Fryer had back-to-back triples to tie the game in the ninth inning before Olmedo had the game-winning RBI triple in the 10th after Clete Thomas doubled.
Left-hander Tyler Robertson threw a scoreless inning in relief with two strikeouts. Fellow lefty Brian Duensing also tossed a perfect inning in relief with a strikeout.
Right-hander P.J. Walters threw two scoreless innings in relief and hasn’t allowed a run in seven Grapefruit League innings. He did walk two but also struck out three.
What went wrong: Right-hander Vance Worley was mostly fine but did give up two runs on five hits, including four extra-base hits, over four innings.
He served up an RBI double to Evan Longoria in the first inning and a solo blast to Luke Scott in the second inning. But he did settle down and showed good velocity with his fastball reaching 94 mph.
Rule 5 pick Ryan Pressly gave up his first run of the spring but also picked up his first two strikeouts in an inning of work. Fellow reliever Luis Perdomo allowed the go-ahead run to score in the eighth inning.
What they said: “I turned back around and I was almost mid-90s. I got to 94 once and I hadn’t seen that in a couple years.” — Worley on his velocity.
What’s next: The Twins have their first off-day of the spring on Tuesday before hosting the Orioles in a 6:05 p.m. CT start at Hammond Stadium on Wednesday. Right-hander Kevin Correia is set to start for the Twins while left-hander Brian Matusz is slated to start for the Orioles. First baseman Justin Morneau is also expected to make his return, as he arrived back in Fort Myers on Monday after participating in the World Baseball Classic.
Injury update: Right fielder Chris Parmelee (right groin tightness) is scheduled to make his return on Wednesday against the Orioles. … Third baseman Trevor Plouffe (strained right calf) had an MRI exam but it came back with favorable results. He’s expected to be out a week. … Left-hander Scott Diamond (elbow) threw his first live bullpen session on Monday and all went well.