PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. - One little adjustment, one simple drill, was all it took for Mike Pelfrey to turn into a righthanded version of David Price.
Well, maybe he's not ready to threaten Price's Cy Young Award-winning status yet, but the Twins righthander matched Tampa Bay's ace for three innings Sunday in Minnesota's 7-2 loss to the Rays.
Price retired nine of the 10 Twins he faced and made it look effortless, surrendering only a ground-ball single by Ray Olmedo while striking out five. Pelfrey, roughed up for three runs in 11/3 innings during his first start, also allowed only one hit in three innings Sunday, a double to Evan Longoria. He threw 24 strikes among his 39 pitches, reached 89 miles per hour with his fastball, and was unhappy only with a third- inning hiccup. "The two-out walk," he said. "I'm sure I'll owe Andy or Gardy $100."
He may owe Andy -- pitching coach Rick Anderson -- more than that if the dramatic difference in results really has anything to do with the extra work they did Saturday.
"We did a little drill off the back of the mound, working on getting my backside through," Pelfrey said. "I hadn't really been finishing [his pitches]. He mentioned to me I wasn't really getting full extension, and we made a little adjustment. [With] that little change in the delivery, the ball had a lot of movement."
So did Rays baserunners once Pelfrey was gone. Alex Burnett allowed three consecutive two-out singles to give up a run, and Jared Burton allowed four hits, two of them RBI doubles by Kelly Johnson (scoring two runs) and Matt Joyce. Chris Giminez hit a two-run homer off B.J. Hermsen in the eighth.
The Twins (5-4) scored twice, on a Brian Dozier double followed a two-out single by Trevor Plouffe in the fourth, and on back-to-back doubles by Eric Fryer and Mark Sobolewski in the ninth.
|Texas||5||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Seattle||1||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Toronto - R. Dickey||1:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - J. Nelson|
|NY Mets - Z. Wheeler||2:35 PM|
|Oakland - J. Samardzija|
|Atlanta - A. Wood||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - G. Cole|
|Houston - S. Feldman||6:05 PM|
|NY Yankees - M. Pineda|
|Arizona - T. Cahill||6:05 PM|
|Washington - T. Roark|
|LA Angels - G. Richards||6:10 PM|
|Boston - C. Buchholz|
|Detroit - R. Porcello||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi|
|Cincinnati - J. Cueto||6:15 PM|
|St. Louis - L. Lynn|
|San Francisco - J. Peavy||7:05 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - E. Jackson|
|Baltimore - W. Chen||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - H. Noesi|
|Cleveland - T. House||7:10 PM|
|Minnesota - R. Nolasco|
|Kansas City - D. Duffy||7:40 PM|
|Colorado - J. De La Rosa|
|San Diego - E. Stults||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - R. Hernandez|
|Pittsburgh||8/21/14 6:30 PM|
|Carolina||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|NY Giants||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Jacksonville||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Oakland||8/22/14 7:00 PM|
|Chicago||8/22/14 9:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||8/23/14 3:30 PM|
|Tennessee||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Dallas||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington||8/23/14 6:30 PM|
|New Orleans||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Minnesota||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Houston||8/23/14 8:00 PM|
|San Diego||8/24/14 3:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/24/14 7:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||8:00 PM|
|San Jose||9:00 PM|
|Montreal||8/22/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||8/23/14 3:00 PM|
|Calgary||8/24/14 2:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/24/14 6:00 PM|