Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Struggles continue in opening 3-2 loss to Minnestoa

June 12, 2013

By Mike Patterson

The Phillies lost game one of their series in Minnesota against the Twins. Cole Hamels started on the mound for the Phillies and PJ Walters for the Twins. 

Both pitchers came out strong, the first two innings scoreless for both teams. Cole Hamels struck out the side in the bottom of the second.

John Mayberry Jr. reached on a fielding error in the top of the third. He advanced to second on a ground out and then Michael Young hit him home, but was thrown out in the process, to take a 1-0 lead.

The Twins finally put together some offense in the bottom of the fourth. They hit three consecutive doubles to score two runs before Cole Hamels worked his way out of a jam with a double play.

The next few innings was a battle of pitching. Neither team was able to produce more than a hit, leaving the score 2-1 in the Twins’ favor.

In the top of the eighth, Ben Revere and Kevin Frandsen were on first and second, respectively, with only one out. 

PJ Walters’ time was up. Ron Gardenhire came out to replace his pitcher and signaled for his lefty, Duensing, warming up in the bullpen.

However, a right-hander came out. After some confusion and words with the umpire, the Twins finally got the pitcher they wanted.

With two men on, Ryan Howard was up to bat. The Twins made the mistake of failing to shift the infield, and Howard hit an R.B.I single up the right side to tie the game at two runs apiece.

In the bottom of the eighth, Mike Adams, who missed some time due to tendonitis, relieved Justin De Fratus. His outing was a short one, for he got in trouble and was relieved by Antonio Bastardo.

Bastardo gave up an R.B.I single to Justin Morneau to give the Twins a 3-2 lead.

Glen Perkins was brought on in the top of the ninth to close out the game. And he did just that, three Phils up, three Phils out to end the game.

The Phillies and Twins will play game two on Wednesday

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