Marlins beat Twins to split day-night doubleheader
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—The warm memories washed over Mike Redmond upon his return to Minnesota, where he spent five seasons as a beloved backup catcher and clubhouse cutup.
And in the second game of a day-night double-header, the Miami Marlins finally gave their first-year manager something to feel good about while wearing a different “M” on his hat.
Rob Brantly had three hits and a career-high four RBIs and the Marlins’ offense broke out of a season-long funk to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-5 on Tuesday night and earn a split in the day-night doubleheader.
“I’m not going to lie,” Redmond said. “That was fun.”
Brantly had two doubles and Ricky Nolasco (1-2) allowed two earned runs on six hits in five innings for the Marlins, who won for just the fifth time this season. Miami had a season-high 16 hits, including a double, a single and two RBIs from struggling slugger Giancarlo Stanton Steve Cishek got his second save.
“We haven’t had a game like this yet,” said Stanton, who entered the game with just one RBI for the season. “It was good that we overcame the weather, too, to wake up the bats a little bit.”
Joe Mauer had two hits and an RBI for the Twins, who beat the Marlins 4-3 in the opener. Mike Pelfrey (2-2) had another rough outing, giving up five runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings, and the Twins lost for the first time in six games.
The Marlins entered the night cap with the worst offense in the majors, last in most statistical categories including batting average (.211), runs scored (46) home runs (six), RBIs (44) and on-base percentage (.270).
But they scored three runs in the first inning on a chilly night, then overcame several mistakes to hold off the Twins. Brantly had a two-run double in the first, an RBI-double in the fifth and a run-scoring single in the sixth. Justin Ruggiano and Chris Valaika also drove in runs and Stanton made it 8-4 with a hard-hit single in the eighth for just his third RBI this season.
First-year manager Mike Redmond, who spent five years as a backup catcher for the Twins, watched his young team let a popup fall between their shortstop and leftfielder, give up a three-run inning to the Twins in the third thanks to a wild pitch, a passed ball and a questionable call by first base umpire D.J. Reyburn. Brantly was thrown out at third base on a late tag-up to end the seventh inning.
And they still won.
“We keep fighting and keep battling, and we knew that we’d eventually get it going and score some runs,” Redmond said. “Up and down the line the bats were great. It’s been a battle for some of the guys to get going. It was nice to see some guys get some hits, for their confidence, for the team’s confidence.”
Jose Fernandez (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits for the Marlins.
The teams were supposed to open their series Monday night, but the latest snowstorm put that one on ice. It was the third home game the Twins have had to postpone because of weather this year—there were just five in the first three seasons of Target Field.
Grounds crew members and ballpark personnel worked through the night to clear the heavy, wet snow from the field, seats and stairways. The temperature at first pitch was 38 degrees for Game 1 and a balmy 42 for Game 2, but the field, which has heater coils underneath it to combat cold temperatures, was lush and green.
Redmond got a nice ovation before the opener. The gregarious Redmond was a favorite in the clubhouse and is etched in Twins lore for his penchant for stripping down and walking around the clubhouse naked when things weren’t going well, his way of trying to insert levity.
“He just knows a lot about the game,” Mauer said. “And the way he related to younger players, especially myself, you kind of knew that he’d be really good at being a manager later on. It’s really exciting for me to see him over there, and it should be fun.”
NOTES: The run Twins RHP Jared Burton allowed in the eighth inning of Game 1 was his first in nine appearances this year. … Both teams are off on Wednesday. The Twins open a weekend series with Texas on Thursday, and RHP Vance Worley (0-2, 7.11) will start the opener. Miami heads home to face the Chicago Cubs. Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 1.90) will start on Thursday against RHP Edwin Jackson (0-3, 4.84).