Recap: Twins defeat Red Sox in ST opener
A sellout crowd of 8,027 watched the Twins open the 2011 Spring Training season tonight against the Boston Red Sox at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, FL. Carl Pavano got the start against Josh Beckett. Mauer, Morneau, Young and Cuddyer did not start but that didn’t stop the Twins from putting up runs.
In the bottom of the second inning former Twins first round draft pick Chris Parmelee got his first hit of the season and later scored on a triple hit by Jason Repko. Repko’s triple was a bomb off the wall that nearly cleared for a home run. Beckett would exit the game after two innings with two hits allowed and one earned run. Pavano would pitch two shut out innings with only one hit allowed.
Clay Buchholtz pitched two scoreless innings for the Red Sox as well and would give way to Hideki Okajima. That is when the flood gates would open. The Twins loaded the bases with no outs and highly regarding Twins prospect Joe Benson would step to the plate. Benson hit a ball which was poorly played by Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron for a bases clearing triple. One batter later, newly aquired Japanese star Tsuyoshi Nishioka would get his first base hit in a Twins uniform to knock Benson in for a 5-0 lead.
Jeff Bailey would homer for the Twins in the bottom of the sixth to put the Twins up 6-0. Anthony Swarzak would come on for the Twins in the top of the eighth inning and give up a home run to Lars Anderson. The Red Sox would later add a couple of runs in the eighth inning after an error by Twins SS Chase Lambin. Swarzak would work out of trouble and leave a runner on second to end the top of the eighth and a 6-3 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth Matt Brown would hit a sac fly which would score Luke Hughes and give the Twins a 7-3 lead. Chase Lambin would then later get an RBI single knocking Brian Dinkleman in and put the Twins up 8-3. On the first pitch of the ninth inning Mark Wagner would homer off of Chuck James and cut the lead to 8-4 Twins. James would finish off the Red Sox in the ninth and the Twins would open Spring Training at 1-0.
The Twins play the Red Sox again tomorrow at 12:05 CT. The game will not be televised but will be available on the Twins Radio Network.
W – Carl Pavano (1-0)
HR – Bailey (1)
3B – Repko (1), Benson (1)
2B – Parmelee (1), Holm (1), Dinkleman (1)
RBI – Repko (1), Benson-3 (3), Nishioka (1), Bailey (1), Brown (1), Lambin (1)