Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire decided to start rookie right fielder Oswaldo Arcia for the second night in a row on Thursday. The reason for this was because he went for 4-for-5 Wednesday night in the 15-8 win over the Boston Red Sox. Not to mention, the fact that Arcia’s 22nd Birthday was on Thursday definitely helped.
Arcia did not disappoint as he went 2-for-4 with one triple, two runs and a huge two-run home run in the sixth inning to ensure the 5-3 victory.
“It’s great to get the ‘W’ and hit a home run on my birthday,” Arcia said after the game, according to Twins.com. “I’m happy right now. I don’t know how to explain it, but I’m just happy.”
The fact that he has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 contests, including seven consecutive games, means that the backup outfielder may very well become the starting right fielder. Not to mention, right fielder Chris Parmelee is currently in a 0-for-15 slump and has not been very productive at the plate this season. He is working overtime in an attempt to get his swing back, but the way that Arcia is playing is not helping him personally.
“I don’t whether it’s a late setup or what, but he’s not catching the ball at the front of the plate right now,” Gardenhire told Twins.com. “He’s letting the ball get really deep and there’s no extension. So we’re talking about how he’s not extending to the ball right now. So this is good. Gives him a couple days to do his work and everything.”
Gardenhire is very impressed with what Arcia has been able to accomplish on offense this early in the season. In fact, the manager has to be considering keeping Arcia in the starting lineup just to see where the hot streak takes him. Until Parmelee can figure out his issues, I cannot imagine Arcia sitting on the bench any time soon.