Minnesota Twins Fall To Tampa Bay Rays In Grapefruit Play


Are you ready for a game where none of the players you really care about didn’t do anything? You know you are and today was that day down in Fort Myers. For the people who are regularly in the lineup for the Minnesota Twins, Brian Dozier went 3-for-3, but that is really all for the offense.

Tommy Milone had a nice outing in a start. Milone went three innings, allowing three hits while striking out three Tampa Rays hitters. Trevor May followed with two innings. May let up a run on two hits while striking out four.

A pair of relievers gave the lead and the game to the Rays. Caleb Thielbar gave up two runs on four hits in an inning. Ryan Pressly had the same exact line. Casey Fien and Michael Tonkin both also pitched for the Twins, both contributing a perfect inning.

The Twins took to the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second when Jordan Schafer hit into a fielder’s choice that scored a run for Minnesota.

Tampa finally responded in the top of the fifth when Vince Belnome hit an RBI double to tie the contest at ones. In the seventh, Hak-Ju Lee hit a two-run line drive homer for the Rays to achieve a 3-1 lead.

Chris Herrmann responded in the bottom of the inning. Herrmann hit an absolute blast cutting the Rays’ lead to one, but the Twins couldn’t overcome it. An RBI single and double off of Pressly in the top of the ninth for the Rays gave the squad a three-run lead.

Jorge Polanco singled in the ninth, but that was all the comeback the Twins had in them on Wednesday.

Final: Rays 5, Twins 2.

The boxscore can be found here.

The Twins play on Thursday against the Miami Marlins at noon central. You can watch that game on FOX Sports North.

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