Game 10: Twins and Phillies play to a 1-1 tie
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-handers Mike Pelfrey and Samuel Deduno combined to allow just one hit over six scoreless innings against the Phillies but the game ended in a 1-1 tie on Sunday at Hammond Stadium.
Joe Mauer had the lone RBI for the Twins with a one-out RBI single in the first inning to score Darin Mastroianni. The Phillies, who made the trip from Clearwater, decided against going to extra innings after the game remained tied after nine innings.
What went right: Pelfrey turned in his best outing of the spring, as he tossed three hitless innings.
He threw 35 pitches with 20 going for strikes, including one strikeout, but did walk two batters in his third start of the spring.
Deduno was also solid, giving up just one hit and a walk over three scoreless innings with two strikeouts. He’s making a serious case to be the club’s fifth starter, as he now has a 1.35 ERA in three outings and was effective last season with a 3.83 ERA in 18 starts.
It’s still too early in spring for Deduno to claim the fifth starter spot but he does appear to be the frontrunner over Vance Worley, Scott Diamond and Kyle Gibson.
Gibson also pitched Sunday, giving up one unearned run on one hit with one walk. He pitched during the eighth inning, which featured two plays that were looked at by replay but were ultimately left unchanged.
The lone run the Phillies scored came on a close play at the plate but there wasn’t good enough video quality for the umpires to overturn the call even though Twins director of Major League video Sean Harlin urged the Twins to ask for a replay, as he was 99 percent positive John Mayberry was out at the plate.
Reliever Michael Tonkin also made another big impression on the coaching staff, throwing a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts.
On the offensive side, Mauer went 1-for-3 with an RBI single while Deibinson Romero went 2-for-3 with a triple.
What went wrong: The Twins didn’t manage to do much offensively, as they only had seven hits and didn’t score after the first inning.
They also had two runners caught stealing, including Alex Presley, who over-slid the bag at second base in the eighth inning, and Jermaine Mitchell, who was thrown out in the ninth after getting a bad jump.
The Twins also had a few sloppy plays in the field, with shortstop Danny Santana making an error in the seventh inning, and third baseman Brandon Waring making a throwing error in the eighth. Waring’s errant throw led to the one run surrendered by the Twins.
What they said: “Coming out of the ‘pen, whatever, I like the guy and would like him on my staff. I would love to have this guy on my staff because he has great makeup and he can help us win baseball games. One way or another, he can help us, starting or relieving.” — Gardenhire on Deduno’s chances of making the roster as a starter or reliever.
What’s next: The Twins have their first and only off-day of the spring on Monday before heading to Port Charlotte on Tuesday to face the Rays at 12:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Ricky Nolasco is slated to make his second Grapefruit League start after his last scheduled start was washed away due to rain.
Injury update: Outfielder Aaron Hicks, who has been feeling discomfort in his right elbow while swinging the bat, is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday. … Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who has been dealing with flu-like symptoms, is also on the list to travel on Tuesday but felt sick again during workouts on Sunday. … Reliever Matt Guerrier, who surgery in mid-August to repair the flexor mass in his right elbow, is expected to make his spring debut on Tuesday but it could come on the Minor League side.