MLB Game Summary - Philadelphia at Minnesota
(Wednesday, June 12th)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Philadelphia 3
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Clete Thomas clubbed a game-tying double
before scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth
inning to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia
Phillies in the middle test of a three-game set at Target Field.
Oswaldo Arcia started the eighth with a double off Antonio Bastardo (2-2) and
scored on Thomas' two-bagger off the right-field wall.
Eduardo Escobar followed with a bunt single to put runners on the corners
before Justin De Fratus entered from the bullpen and got Pedro Florimon to
line out sharply to second.
De Fratus, though, was unable to escape the jam, as he uncorked a wild pitch
with Chris Parmelee at the plate, allowing Thomas to race home for the
"I was going right away," Thomas said. "I saw it squirt away and I was going
and just hoping it didn't kick hard off that wall. It stayed back there."
Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to nail down his 15th save and Brian
Duensing (2-1) earned the victory after recording the final two outs in the
Thomas finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Arcia added three
hits and three runs scored for the Twins, who stole Tuesday's opener by a
3-2 margin after Justin Morneau ripped a go-ahead single in the eighth.
Former Twin Ben Revere went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the
Phillies' fifth straight loss, with Domonic Brown and Delmon Young each adding
an RBI in the setback.
"I think that we keep going and keep trying to grind it out and then we'll see
what kind of players we've got as far as mental toughness and hard-nosed and
things like that," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of his team's
The Phillies pounced on Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey in the first, as Revere
and Jimmy Rollins smacked back-to-back one-out singles before Ryan Howard
walked to load the bases.
Brown followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Revere before Young
ripped a base hit through the right side of the infield to plate Rollins from
second for a 2-0 lead.
The Twins finally got to Philadelphia starter Tyler Cloyd in the fourth when
Arcia stroked a leadoff single and sped around the bases on Thomas' double
into the gap in right-center.
Revere restored the Phillies' two-run lead in the fifth when he blooped a
single into shallow center field to score Michael Young, who doubled with two
outs in the frame.
Minnesota got the run back in the sixth, as Arcia and Thomas started the
inning with back-to-back singles before both runners moved up a base on
Escobar's sacrifice bunt.
Florimon then grounded out on a slow roller down the first-base line, allowing
Arcia to score to bring the Twins within 3-2.
Phillies catcher Erik Kratz underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a medial
meniscus tear in his left knee and is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks ... Revere
spent his first three seasons with the Twins and went 1-for-4 in his return to
Minnesota in Tuesday's series opener ... Pelfrey allowed three runs on five
hits while striking out seven over seven innings ... Cloyd yielded one
run on six hits and three walks over five frames ... Minnesota improved to 6-1
in its last seven one-run games.
06/13 02:31:21 ET
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