As mentioned in the title, John Ryan Murphy, ByungHo Park, and Dan Rohlfing all hit home runs today, with Rohlfing’s three-run shot in the top of the ninth being the biggest (scoring wise). Park’s bang was his third of the spring, while the blasts from Murphy and Rohlfing were both their first.
But that wasn’t the only scoring in this affair! Former Twins draftee Kyle Barraclough—who is now with the Marlins—completely disintegrated on the mound facing the Twins in the seventh inning. After hitting Eduardo Escobar with the pitch, he walked John Ryan Murphy and Niko Goodrum to load the bases for Daniel Palka and Drew Stubbs, who then drew back-to-back, bases-loaded walks. It was like Joe Mauer’s wet dream.
On the mound, the Twins got two nice outings from their potential rotation members Tyler Duffey and Adalberto Mejia, who each pitched three innings. Meija had a scoreless outing while Duffey gave up only one run on an RBI ground out in the first inning.
Rule 5 draft pick Justin Haley also had a competent, two inning outing. Molitor even let him go over his pitch-limit to work his way successfully out of a bases-loaded jam.
J.T. Chargois pitched the ninth inning and gave up a solo-home run to Brian Anderson, but he meant to do that. Or something.
- Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, and Eduardo Escobar each played all nine innings of the game today. (Eat it, Mauer!)
- Kepler also got a nice outfield assist, throwing out Miguel Rojas at third base.
- Paul Molitor said the first round of cuts will be coming on Monday. Mostly young guys who are on the 40-man roster but have no chance of making the team at this juncture. Guys like Nick Gordon.