Twins Fall 2-1 To Rays
In their second game of the 2015 Spring Training schedule, the Minnesota Twins traveled to Port Charlotte to face off against the Tampa Bay Rays. With the Twins handing the ball to Tommy Milone, the 5th starter candidate was given his time to shine. Despite the result, he did just that.
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Across two innings of work, Milone pounded the strike zone, and allowed only one hit in the contest. He worked efficiently and left the game with a 1-0 lead. An early RBI double by prospect Max Kepler got the Twins on the board early.
Logan Darnell came on in relief of Milone and gave up the lead in the bottom of the 4th inning in part due to surrendering two walks to the Rays. Relieved by Adrian Salcedo, the Twins watched as the reliever struck out two batters with runners on second and third to end the threat.
After making his debut at the major league level a season ago, A.J. Achter was tagged with the loss giving up an unearned run on a throwing error by shortstop Jorge Polanco. The throw wasn’t ideal by any means, but the Twins makeshift first basemen Dan Rohlfing struggled to play the ball properly as well.
Rule 5 Draft pick from the Atlanta Braves, J.R. Graham, got his first two innings of work in for the Twins. Back to back walks weren’t ideal for the Twins reliever, but he was able to work around them and went two scoreless innings in the contest. Hitting 96 with his fastball, the former top prospect looked every bit the part of an exciting hurler in the bullpen.
The Twins will face off against the Boston Red Sox tomorrow at 12:05 central time. Phil Hughes is scheduled to go for the Twins.
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