Game 22: Twins pitchers struggle in loss to Orioles
SARASOTA, Fla. — Right-hander Vance Worley gave up three runs over four innings and the bullpen didn’t fare much better in a 7-1 loss to the Orioles on Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium.
With the loss, the Twins fell to 11-11 in Grapefruit League play. They host the Marlins on Monday in a day game at Hammond Stadium.
What went right: Not much, as the Twins didn’t score until there was two outs in the ninth and didn’t pitch particularly well either.
Jamey Carroll and Wilkin Ramirez combined for four of Minnesota’s six hits. Chris Parmelee, who also drew a walk, had an opposite-field single.
Brandon Boggs hit an opposite-field homer in the ninth inning off right-hander Jair Jurrgens. It was the third homer for the spring for Boggs.
Shortstop Pedro Florimon made a couple of nice plays in the field, including a diving snare of a line drive and a running catch in right-center to catch a blooper. But he also made an error on a routine play and also tried to call off Worley on a pop-up that Worley ended up catching on the mound.
What went wrong: Worley gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over four innings and has a 6.00 ERA in Grapefruit League play.
But Worley wasn’t really hit hard, as two runs scored on a soft grounders with the bases loaded in the second. The one ball that was hit hard was a solo shot from former Twins shortstop J.J. Hardy in fourth inning.
Reliever Casey Fien gave up two runs on a two-run blast to Matt Wieters in the fifth inning. He’s competing for a spot in the bullpen but has a 6.14 ERA this spring.
Right-hander Jared Burton worked two innings but surrendered a two-run single to former Twin Lew Ford in the sixth.
What they said: “It was kind of a blah game. Their pitchers did a nice job throwing the ball.” — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
What’s next: Right-hander Kevin Correia is slated to start for the Twins against the Marlins in a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Hammond Stadium. Catcher Joe Mauer also is expected to return to action after participating in the World Baseball Classic with Team USA. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is scheduled to start for Miami.
Injury update: Left-hander Scott Diamond (elbow) is scheduled to throw two innings in a Class A game on Monday. He’s expected to be ready to return in mid-April. … Right-hander Anthony Swarzak (ribs) is likely to start the year on the disabled list. He’s still throwing bullpens. … Third baseman Trevor Plouffe (calf) is tentatively scheduled to make his return on Wednesday.