The Twins handed the Pirates their first lost of spring training on Monday, 5-4, proving that everything I said on Saturday was wrong and that the Bucs are doomed.
Nah, not really. The Twins' victory was fueled by a bases-clearing double by Justin Morneau off Jeanmar Gomez, who I couldn't care less about. (He's technically in the competition for the fifth starter job, but he doesn't have that much of a shot, and I'd be pretty annoyed if he actually won it.) Gomez walked two and struck out one in 1.1 innings, allowing four runs. Kyle McPherson started and pitched two scoreless innings. After Gomez struggled, Chris Leroux, Phil Irwin and a bunch of really fringy relievers got the job done, at least until Kris Johnson allowed a game-winning RBI double by Chris Colabello in the eighth.
Jose Tabata homered, while Travis Snider and Lucas May doubled. Jordy Mercer went 2-for-3.