The Minnesota Twins beat down on the Orioles with an offensive explosion
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The Minnesota Twins improved to 6-6 on the spring with a 14-5 shellacking of the Orioles this afternoon. Although spring training win/loss records count for very little, the Orioles’ 1-11 record has got to be a tad concerning for them. Ricky Nolasco had a very good start his last time out but this afternoon he looked more like the Ricky from 2015. However, his outing wasn’t half as bad as Orioles’ starter Miguel Gonzalez.
Nolasco allowed three earned runs, 5 walks/hits and stuck out 2 over three innings of work. Ryan Pressly, Pat Dean, Jake Reed, Mason Melotakis and J.T Chargois didn’t allow earned runs in their relief outings (an unearned run crossed the plate during Chargois’ frame). Fernando Abad allowed an earned run in the 5th inning on a solo home run.
Down 3-0 in the bottom of the first, the Twins offense responded with two runs and kept hammering away all afternoon.
Brief highlights of the offensive onslaught:
– Trevor Plouffe connected on a three run homer in the 2nd
– Beresford and Meneses struck again with RBI singles in the 7th
– Add in a few sac flies and a run on a wild pitch.
In short, the O’s couldn’t wait to escape CenturyLink Sports Complex
The Twins will visit the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium tomorrow afternoon. First pitch will be thrown at 12:05 pm CST. Tommy Milone starts for Minnesota.