Eddie Rosario hit a walk off single off Bobby Korecky in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Eduardo Nunez to win the game. The game-winning hit spoiled a late comeback from the Blue Jays.
The Twins scored early off starter Todd Redmond, when Brian Dozier hit a home run as the Twins' second batter. Redmond was perfect over the rest of his outing, pitching 3 innings with no walks, one strikeout and just the one hit. Liam Hendriks and Bo Schultz pitched clean innings, while Colt Hynes gave up a lone single to Kurt Suzuki. Both Schultz and Hynes have yet to give up an earned run this spring.
Chad Jenkins started the seventh inning and could not get out of the inning. He retired the leadoff hitter before Twins went double- walk- home run- double- single to end his day. Scott Barnes then entered the game and gave up a home run to Jordan Schafer in the eighth. Kyle Drabek gave up two hits and a walk in his inning of work, but managed to avoid giving up a run.
Offensively, the Jays could not produce much offence against Twins starter Ricky Nolasco. He gave up just 3 hits and 1 walk over 5 innings. His only earned run came off a Josh Donaldson home run in the fifth, his third of the spring.
The Jays scored two in the eighth after Russell Martin hit a RBI single, followed by a Jack Murphy sacrifice fly. Daric Barton's RBI single with one out in the ninth completed a late game comeback, but Eddie Rosario quickly won the game in the bottom half.
Today's standouts include Russell Martin, Josh Donaldson, Devon Travis and Dalton Pompey. Each player was able to get on base twice, while Donaldson hit the lone extra base hit for the Jays. Today's JOD will go to Devon Travis, who singled in each of his at bats to raise his spring batting average to .400. He is really making a strong case to make the team.
On a side note, Mark Buehrle pitched in a minor league game going 6 IP with 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB and 7 K. Michael Saunders homered in his first at bat in a minor league game, before walking straight to the dugout (he is not yet running the bases). Edwin Encarnacion just missed a home run and doubled off the wall, while also drawing a walk.
Tomorrow the Jays head to Sarasota to play the Baltimore Orioles. Daniel Norris is expected to get the start.