Final: Minnesota Twins 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2 ❖ Attendance: 6,621
Clearwater, FLA — Today's game between the Philadelphia Phillies (10-14) and the Minnesota Twins (14-10) took a backseat to the news of the passing of Dallas Green. Prior to the game, there was a moment of silence for Green. Throughout the telecast, there were interviews with Larry Bowa, David Montgomery, Pat Gillick, Dickie Noles, Charlie Manuel and Mike Schmidt about Green's career in baseball and his character. All had wonderful things to say about the manager of the Phils 1980 World Champion team and shared personal anecdotes about their time with Green.
In today's contest, Phillies starter Aaron Nola had a solid outing, allowing four runs over 5 and 2/3 innings. His one big mistake was a misplaced curveball to Twins right fielder Tommy Field, which was hit over the wall to give the Twins two runs. The other two runs weren't necessarily the righty's fault. The third run scored by the Twins was due to a lack of communication in the field, and the fourth run was the result of a reliever allowing a base runner of Nola's to score. Nola struck out six and seemed to have good command of his pitches.
The only runs that the Phillies offense were able to muster were the result of a two-run homer by Odubel Herrera. Outside of that, they struggled, despite having plenty of opportunities to score in the game. In a few innings, the Phils had multiple runners on base and were unable to score. There were base-running mistakes and a lack of clutch hitting with runners in scoring position. Despite having hits in the double-digits, the hitters ultimately didn't do their part to knock around the Twins' pitchers.
WP: Nick Tepesch (1-0, 5.84 ERA) ❖ LP: Aaron Nola (0-2, 6.62 ERA) ❖ SV: Buddy Boshers (2)