Alumni Notebook: Roenicke limited as Twins struggle
June 17, 2013
Josh Roenicke, a 2001 Nevada Union graduate and pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, threw just one inning this past week as the Twins went 3-3, winning two out of three against the Philadelphia Phillies and took one game in a three-game-series versus the Detroit Tigers.
In Thursday’s 3-2 home loss versus the Phillies, Roenicke entered the game in the top half of the ninth inning with his ball club trailing 3-2, and he struck out the only batter he faced before being relieved by Caleb Theilbar. The Twins only managed three hits for the game and scored their two runs in the seventh on a Justin Morneau RBI double to take a 2-1 lead. The Tigers answered the call with two runs of their own in the top of the eighth with an RBI single and a fielder’s choice to go back on top. In Sunday’s 5-2 loss against the Tigers, Roenicke pitched the final 2/3 inning of the game and allowed one hit, no runs and fanned a batter. Minnesota scattered three hits and pulled within two runs after an RBI single by Clete Thomas in the bottom of the eighth, but again it wasn’t enough offensively. The Tigers’ Torrii Hunter pushed the lead back to three with an RBI double in the ninth and Detroit’s bullpen slammed the door to preserve the victory.
The Twins (30-36) currently sit in fourth place in the American League Central division, seven and a half games back of the Detroit Tigers, and will open a three-game series Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox at home.
Brandyn McCary (Nevada Union ’02); Delta Ducks– McCary, a linebacker for the Delta Ducks minor league football team, played in the semi final divisional round of the playoffs against the East Bay Outlaws Saturday in Sacramento with results yet to be posted.
The winner advances to the championship game Saturday in Vacaville.
McCary’s defense allowed just 10.1 points per game in the regular season as Delta Ducks (10-0) earned a first round bye and No. 1 seed in the post season.
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