Josh Roenicke, a 2001 Nevada Union graduate and pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, appeared in three games this past week as his team went 1-6 against American League East opponents after being swept at home in a four-game series versus the New York Yankees and losing two out of three games on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays.
In Monday’s 10-4 loss against the Yankees, Roenicke entered the game in the top of ninth and threw 1/3 inning as he allowed a walk and then induced a ground ball out to end the inning. The Twins had gone ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth on a Chris Parmelee solo homer to right field, but New York rallied for three runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth to give itself a comfortable lead. Minnesota had eight hits, left nine runners on base and was 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position while the Yankees scattered 14 hits, left eight men on base and was 4-for-16 with RISP. In a loss against New York on the Fourth of July, Roenicke took the mound in the eighth inning and retired all three batters he faced on just 14 pitches with two ground ball outs and a strike out. The Twins had 11 hits for the game, left seven runners stranded and were just 2-for-7 with RISP. The Yankees built an early lead scoring three in the first, two in the third and four in the sixth to take a commanding 9-1 lead. Minnesota battled back with three runs in the seventh and a solo shot by Justin Morneau in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough as the Twins fell 9-5. Roenicke’s latest work came Sunday in an 11-5 loss versus the Blue Jays in which he pitched 2/3 of an inning and yielded one hit, two earned runs and a walk. Most of the damage had been done early by the Blue Jays who put up six earned runs on starting pitcher Scott Diamond.
In the final week of play before the All-Star break Minnesota (37-48) currently sits in fourth place in the American League Central division and opens a four-game series today versus the Tampa Bay Rays. Roenicke (2-1) has played in 35 games this season and has an 3.68 ERA with 36 2/3 innings pitched to go with 23 strikeouts.
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