Josh Roenicke, a 2001 Nevada Union graduate and middle relief pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, appeared in three games last week, allowed just three hits, one earned run, two walks and fanned three batters as his team went 3-4, taking two out of three from Detroit and one versus Cleveland.
In Tuesday’s 6-3 road victory at the Tigers, Roenicke threw only 1/3 inning and allowed one hit to close out the seventh inning and help the team out of a jam. Twins’ first baseman Justin Morneau had a tremendous day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer to finish with four RBIs.
Roenicke’s next work came Thursday in a 7-6 win over Detroit where he pitched just 1/3 inning and yielded a home run, a walk and recorded a strikeout. The three-run home run for the Tigers tied the game 6-6 with two of the three runs charged to starting pitcher Andrew Albers, but the Twins regained the lead with a Chris Herrmann RBI double in the top of the eighth and hung on to win. In a 3-1 loss Sunday at Cleveland, the Indians overcame four errors while the Twins were just 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position. Roenicke tossed 1 1/3 innings, allowing no runs, one hit, a walk and struck out a pair. The Twins (57-72) host the Kansas City Royals for a three-game series beginning Tuesday.
Erik Flores (Nevada Union ’05) Web.com Tour— Flores played in his 12th tournament of the year last week and missed the cut by four strokes in the Cox Classic at Champions Run in Omaha, Neb.
In the opening round of Thursday’s golf action, Flores dropped in five birdies, two bogies and a regrettable double bogie on the 18th hole as he posted a round of 70 (-1). Trying to rebound Friday, he converted a birdie opportunity on the par-5 at hole number six but followed it up with a double bogey on the par-3 seventh. He added another birdie on the eighth but it was his last. On the back nine he suffered a bogey and hung tough to par the remainder of the course for a 72 (+1), but it wasn’t enough to advance to weekend play.
Flores has made 7-of-12 cuts on the season and will head to the Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, In.
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