Brian Dozier hit his first home run of the spring starting the scoring spree in a Minnesota Twins victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon by a score of 7-6.
Let’s start with the not so good note. Phil Hughes started the game and started it in style by striking out the side in the first inning, but he couldn’t get out of the second inning. Hughes gave up four runs on three hits and a walk, a four-pitch walk. After getting the Dozier solo shot lead in the bottom of the first, Hughes surrendered a three-run homer to Jeff Mathis to give the Marlins a 3-1 lead. Dee Gordon lined an RBI single to get it to a 4-1 lead before the Marlin half of the inning was over.
The Twins did respond in the bottom of the inning. Eduardo Escobar hit an RBI single that scored Torii Hunter to cut the lead to two. A batter later, Josmil Pinto hit into a double play, but Miguel Sano scampered home to make it a 4-3 game.
Eddie Rosario gave the Twins the lead in the sixth with an RBI single to center, but the Marlins weren’t done. Avery Romero hit an RBI single to tie and another guy you’ve never heard of grounded out, but it scored another run to give Miami the lead.
In the bottom of the seventh a guy named Heiker Meneses singled for the Twins to tie it up for Minnesota. Chris Herrmann doesn’t want to give up on trying to win the backup catcher job and it a sac fly to score the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Final: Twins 7, Marlins 6.
Along with Hughes pitching, Mike Pelfrey had a nice outing for the Twins. Pefrey went three innings, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out two.