Game 2: Twins win second straight over Red Sox
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Chris Parmelee hit a three-run homer and Brian Dozier added two hits to help lead the Twins to a 6-2 win over the Red Sox on Saturday in front of a record crowd at renovated Hammond Stadium.
The Twins (2-0) scored three runs in the first inning against Red Sox right-hander Allen Webster before breaking the game open with Parmelee’s three-run blast in the fifth off former Twins left-hander Jose Mijares.
What went right: Dozier showed off his power he displayed last season, launching a double off the left-field wall in the first inning off Webster. Joe Mauer, making his Grapefruit League debut, followed up by bringing home Dozier with an RBI single to right field.
The Twins scored two more times in the first with Trevor Plouffe drawing a bases loaded walk before Kennys Vargas added a sacrifice fly.
But Parmelee had the biggest hit of the afternoon, launching a three-run blast off Mijares in the fifth inning that landed deep into the new drink rail seats in right field.
Josmil Pinto also proved that his back is healthy, as he caught without any issues and roped a double down the left-field line in the fifth. Josh Willingham and Eduardo Escobar also both doubled for the Twins.
Closer Glen Perkins also threw a scoreless fourth inning in his Grapefruit League debut. Fellow relievers Michael Tonkin, Jared Burton, Matt Hoffman, Deolis Guerra and Kris Johnson also each threw a scoreless frame.
Center fielder Aaron Hicks also showed off his impressive arm, getting an outfield assist in the second inning, when Garin Cecchini tried to stretch a single into a double.
What went wrong: Left-hander Scott Diamond was mostly solid in his two innings of work but did give up a solo homer to Daniel Nava in the first inning.
Diamond struggled with the long ball last season, giving up 21 in 131 innings. But Diamond did fare well once he got hitters down 0-2, as he retired all four hitters who reached that count with two strikeouts.
Right-hander Ryan Pressly gave up a run in the third inning on a single from Jonathan Herrera after Brock Holt singled and stole second base. But Pressly showed good velocity his first time out and did strike out Grady Sizemore looking.
What they said: “It was a nice little ballgame again. [Pitching coach Rick Anderson] and I were talking and pitching wasn’t as sharp as yesterday. There were a few guys that were sharp but we were up in the zone quite a bit. So that was just one of those days. It was our first day at home so our guys might’ve been overthrowing a bit.” — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
What’s next: Right-hander Ricky Nolasco is set to make his Twins debut against the Rays in Port Charlotte on Sunday at 12:05 p.m. CT. Nolasco joined the club this offseason on a four-year, $49 million deal. Right-hander Alex Cobb is set to start for the Rays in the first meeting between the two teams this spring at Charlotte Sports Park.
Injury update: The biggest news at Twins camp on Saturday was that third baseman Miguel Sano will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. It’s an unfortunate setback for Sano, who will need eight months of rehab.