Minnesota Twins Rock Phillies' Roy Halladay in Grapefruit Leauge Play
It’s only Spring Training. I know. If you live in Minnesota though, you know that it feels like we should be heading down to Target Field to watch the boys play up here. It’s downright beautiful outside, but back to baseball.
The Twins did something on Wednesday that they hope to do again on June 12, 13, and 14… they beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-4. Not only did the Twins beat the Phillies, the Twins beat their ace Roy Halladay.
Halladay did not have a great stat line for the Phillies, giving up five runs, on seven hits, two of which were homeruns. This outing brought Halladay’s Grapefruit League ERA to a whooping 10.57.
Not only did Halladay struggle, but Twins’ first baseman/designated hitter Justin Morneau also had a rough day in Clearwater, Florida. Morneau was the DH for the day and went hitless in five plate appearances, including two strikeouts. Today’s outing brings Morneau’s spring average down to .136.
The Twins look like they might have found their power though. Offseason acquisition Josh Willingham hit a two out, solo homer off of Halladay in the first inning. Willingham’s home run was impressive, but first baseman Chris Parmelee is really impressing this spring.
Against the Phillies, Pamelee went 2-3 with a walk and huge homerun. He hit the three run jack with two outs against Halladay. Parmalee is hitting .313 for the Spring.
The Twins started new acquisition Jason Marquis who gave up four runs in four innings. The Twins relievers pitched a shutout after Marquis’ dismissal.
It’s only Spring Training, but the weather outside in Minnesota has got us itching for some baseball. Plus, it’s always nice to beat a team like the Phillies.
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