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Twins 4, Phillies 3: Jose Berrios gets four impressive strikeouts

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On the other hand, Miguel Sano had three not-so-impressive strikeouts at the plate.

Minnesota Twins v Kansas City Royals
Something to build on, Jose.
Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

J.T. Chargois was able to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the 9th inning today to preserve the meaningless spring training win for the Twins over the Phillies.

This is kind of crazy, but Danny Santana had a good day at the plate today. Not only was he the only Twins player with two hits, but they were both for extra bases—a home run and a double. Tommy Field, who started the game at second base, also hit a dinger in the game.

Much more troubling at the plate? Miguel Sano. The third baseman started the game and went 0-for-3 with three strikes outs. For those not keeping count at home, Sano now has seven strikeouts in his ten spring training at-bats.

In a great metaphorical display, Sano also hit a foul ball directly into the garbage:

Miguel Sano hits a foul ball into a trash can.

Okay, okay, it’s not all doom and gloom—Sano did make a nice stop on a ball to start a 5-4-3 double play.

On the pitching side of things, Trevor May started the game by hitting lead-off batter Cesar Hernandez with his first pitch. Hernandez went on to steal a base and score the first run of the game on a sac fly. Luckily, that was the only run May gave up in his 2.1 inning appearance. He went on to surrender only one hit and one walk, which is encouraging.

And speaking of encouraging outings, let’s talk Jose Berrios. Berrios was a bit all over the place, giving up three hits, two walks, and a wild pitch in his two innings of work. What he did do, however, was strike guys out. Four of them—all swinging, and all on three pitches.

Pioneer Press beat reporter Mike Berardino asked Berrios about his day back in the clubhouse.:

Shortly after the above video, a reporter joking asked Berrios if he could strikeout Sano, to which Miguel jumped in and responded (with a laugh): “Everyone can strike me out.”

At least he has a sense of humor about it.

Notes

  • Stephen Gonsalves pitched 1.1 perfect innings and had one strikeout.
  • Aaron Slegers also pitched 1 perfect inning with a strikeout.
  • Robbie Grossman made a pretty impressive running watch in left field early in the game. Not sure how he made it as far as he did.
  • Byungho Park was able to lay off some off-speed pitches for a four-pitch walk in his first at-bat. He also had a single in the game.