Pirates 7 at Twins 4
W: G. Alvarado (1-1, 4.97); L: M. Schiavoni (0-1, 3.38); SV: M. Vasquez (2)
HR: TWI: M. Gonzales (2), H. Choi (1).
Despite home runs by Mike Gonzales and Hyun-wook Choi, the GCL Twins still fell 7-4 to the GCL Pirates as bullpen woes plagued the team.
The Pirates jumped to an early lead when Edward Garcia triple off Twins starter Edgar Ibera. Craig Parry got plunked with a pitch before Andury Acevedo and Frazier Pedron when down on strikes. Jesus Aguilera then singled out to center to score Garcia and move Parry to 3rd. Edwin Roman drew a walk to load the bags before Adenson Chourio singled Parry in. Ibera finally got Benjamin Gonzalez to ground into a force out that took Roman down at 3rd to end the inning.
Tyler Ladendorf took a walk, and a wild pitch by Pirate's starter Serguey Linares moved him to 2nd. Gonzales and Hyeong-rok Choi ground both ground out, scoring Ladendorf. Josmil Pinto also took a ground out to end the inning.
Wook then homered in the bottom of the 3rd to tie the game up. It was the first of the season for the Twins left fielder.
Gonzales would put one over the right field fence for his second of the year, briefly giving the Twins the lead in the bottom of the sixth.
Mauro Schiavoni would be on the mound for the top of the six but lead off the top of the seventh by hitting Roman with a pitch. Chourio then singled on a bunt but the Twins defense took Roman out at 3rd base. Gonzalez would fly out to center before Chourio stole 2nd. Vargas then took a walk off the Argentinian reliever before Garcia singled to bring in Chourio. Parry followed up by lacing a grounder to right to bring in Vargas and Garcia. Jarek Cunningham would ground out to retire the side.
Matthew Foust replaced Gabriel Alvarado in the bottom of the stanza and Wook singled off him. Following a fly out to Jake Hajtmar, Jon Goncalves and Juan Sanchez both singled. Aaron Hicks would hit into a ground out that scored Wook, but it would be all the Twins would manage, as Ladendorf flew out to leave the bases loaded.
Jose Mijares continued his rehab, working the 8th inning, allowing a triple to Roman to striking out the other 3 batters he faced.
Jean Mijares replaced Jose for the top of the ninth. A fielding error by Ladendorf allowed Gonzalez to reach and a wild pitch moved him to 2nd. Vargas' single put Gonzalez at 3rd, and he'd come home on a wild pitch by the Twins Venezuelan rookie reliever. Garcia then singled out to right to plate Gonzalez. Parry would take a walk before Cunningham flew out, and a second wild pitch by Mijares plated Vargas. The tall lefty would then get Pedron and Aguilera out on strikes to finish the side.
Malvin Vasquez took over in the ninth for the Pirates and despite hitting Goncalves with a pitch, made short work of the Twins.
Adam Everett played five inning at short on a rehab assignment from the major league Twins going 1-for-3 before being replaces by Sanchez. Gonzales, Wook and Hajtmar were all 2-for-4, Gonzales with a run and a RBI, Wook with a pair of runs and a run scored.
The Twins travel over to Twin Lakes Park Thursday for a noon game against the Orioles and stay on the road in Sarasota on Friday to take on the Reds.
DSL Orioles 5 at DSL Twins 4
W: S. Jean (2-2, 3.89); L: C. Carrillo (0-1, 6.19); SV: H. Hodge (1)
The DSL Orioles took a rain shortened game from the DSL Twins. Eliecer Cardenas pitched well through the first four innings, but allowed a run each in the four and fifth innings.
The Twins out get on the board in the bottom of the second however, when Rafael Sanchez and Juan Blanco lead off with walks. After Jhonatan Arias went down swinging, Wilfy Gil would walk to load the bags. Yancarlo Franco reached on a fielding error by Oriole Larry Rivera which forced in Sanchez. Yorby Martinez drew a walk to push Blanco over. Lesther Galvan then singled to bring in Gil and Franco, but was taken out at 2nd, trying to stretch the hit for a double. Ozzie Arcia would go down on strikes to end the inning.
Carlos Carrillo took the blown save and the loss, allowing 2 runs on a hit and walk, plus a hit batter.
The Twins were limited to 3 hits in the game with Franco, Martinez and Galvan all picking up singles.
The DSL Twins take on the DSL White Sox on the road, Thursday for a 10:30 AM Dominican time contest.