GameChat: Twins @ Pirates, 12:05

I see the Twins Spring Training game today is on, but I’m not sure if it’s being televised on FSN or not. Either way, I thought I’d put up a GameChat for anyone else who doesn’t have anything else going on today.

It sounds like Scott Baker had a rough couple of innings in a “B: game this morning. He told reporters that there was nothing physically wrong with him, he just couldn’t get the ball down. That’s good news… I think. The Twins did actually score some runs, for a change, however. Oswaldo Arcia homered and Chris Parmelee had a couple of doubles. That’s more offense than they’ve shown in almost a week’s worth of games.

So let’s see how they do in the “real” game this afternoon.



Span, CF Presley, LF
Carroll, SS McLouth, RF
Willingham, RF Navarro, SS
Morneau, DH Barajas, C
Valencia, 3B McGehee, 3B
Plouffe, LF Fox, 1B
Pearce, 1B Hernandez, Go, CF
Revere, C d’Arnaud, 2B
Casilla, A, 2B Bedard, P
  _Doyle, P   
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 4 6 1
Pittsburgh 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 0

Four runs on six hits may not sound like much, but it’s a veritable power surge for the Twins lately. Danny Valencia stepped up today with a 2-run HR and a double. Starting pitcher Terry Doyle was less than impressive, but the relief corps that the Twins sent out to the mound after Doyle all certainly behaved as though they are serious about claiming spots in the Twins bullpen. Swarzak, Burton, Maloney, Waldrip, Oliveros and Walters all pitched scoreless innings and all struck out at least one Pirates hitter. Swarzak gets extra credit for coming in to finish off the 3rd inning for Doyle before pitching his own complete inning in the 4th.

– JC