Twins 4, Pirates 2
The Pirates fell to a 3-3 record in Grapefruit League play this afternoon at McKechnie field. Both teams posted 9 hits, but the Twins did a better job of pushing runs across. Ross Ohlendorf made the start and was charged with the loss, but the only run he gave up was unearned, and 4 of the 5 outs he recorded were strikeouts. The run came in the top of the 1st, on a walk, a passed ball, and an RBI double. Ohlendorf got the first two outs in the top of the 2nd, then gave up a single, and by then he had reached his pitch limit. Mike Dubee, up from minor league camp, finished the inning for Ohlendorf, blowing three pitches past Jason Repko for a strikeout. Tony Watson pitched the 3rd inning, and gave up a run on a walk and an RBI double.
The Pirates got one run back in the bottom of the 5th. RF Andrew Lambo started the rally with a ground rule double down the left field line, and then he scored on LF Jose Tabata's single up the middle. Mike Crotta pitched 2 scoreless innings, working around a hit in each (4th and 5th). Joel Hanrahan took over for the 6th. The first batter he faced, 2B Luke Hughes, drove a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the Twins a 3-1 lead. After the homer, Hanrahan got two outs, then loaded the bases with a walk and two singles. Hanrahan was relieved by another minor league pitcher, Tom Boleska, who needed just one pitch to end the inning with a fly out, leaving all three runners stranded.
Jose Veras pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 8th for the Pirates. Justin Thomas gave up another unearned run in the top of the 8th. With one out, a fly ball to center field should have been either an out or a harmless single, but CF Gorkys Hernandez had trouble with the windy conditions. He dropped the ball, then when he tried to pick it up off the ground, he dropped it twice more. That allowed the runner to reach third base (3-base error). An RBI single brought him in from third base. Chris Leroux finished things up by retiring the side in the top of the 9th. The Pirates rallied again in the bottom of the 9th. With one out, DH Steve Pearce lifted a double into center field. C Dusty Brown lined a single into right field, plating Pearce from second base. Pedro Ciriaco pinch-ran for Brown, and he reached second base on RF Starling Marte's ground out, but another ground out by LF Alex Presley ended the game. Marte had singled in the 7th inning, but was out at second on a force play.
Also getting into the game: SS Corey Wimberly, SS Chase d'Arnaud, 3B Garrett Atkins, 2B Brian Friday, and 1B Josh Fields.
Twins 4, Pirates 2