Spring Game Six: Pirates 2, Twins 1

AlexAnalyst IMarch 4, 2009

After starting the spring off with four straight victories and tremendous offensive production, the Minnesota Twins have lost their last two ballgames and scored a combined two runs while doing so.

The pitching was solid yet again for the Twins, yet four hits, with only one being for extra bases, allowed the Twins to score just a run in their 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Twins are now 4-2 on the spring and will face Netherlands in an exhibition game tomorrow.

On with the game...

** Francisco Liriano struggled against a loaded Yankees lineup in his first trip to the mound this past weekend. In his second time out Liriano was solid in three innings of work. Liriano allowed just two hits in the outing, and struck out two along the way.

** Michael Cuddyer, Wilson Ramos, Carlos Gomez, and Alexi Casilla combined for every hit in the loss. Ramos doubled in the second inning to give the Twins a 1-0 lead, but it was the team's only run. Go-Go singled and is hitting .300 early in the spring season.

** R.A. Dickey is looking to make the bullpen, but took a step back with his outing. Dickey went two innings and allowed two hits including a two-run homerun. Solid innings by others may have moved him down on the competition list.

** Craig Breslow and Matt Guerrier each rebounded from tough outings. Guerrier allowed two hits and somehow managed to escape unscathed. Breslow was straight solid in one inning as he allowed no runners and struck out two.

** The team's final pitcher, Jose Mijares, was decent in his appearance. Mijares allowed no runs or hits, but did struggle with his control, walking two in just one inning.