On April 6, the Twins opened their 2012 regular season against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. The Twins showed some promising signs, as starting pitcher Carl Pavano pitched a decent game, giving up a two-run home run to Baltimore’s Nick Markakis in the first inning. Pavano pitched seven innings, striking out one batter and giving up two walks (both times they came in to score) in his team’s opening game. Justin Morneau, the Twins DH, went 1-for-4, getting his first single of the year, and Joe Mauer went 0-for-2 with two walks.
The new Twins (Jamey Carroll, Josh Willingham, and Ryan Doumit) combined for an 2-for-11 day. Later in the game, newbie Sean Burroughs pinched hit for Alexi Casilla but did not reach base. The opening game was pretty quiet for the Twins, in which they got down early and never caught up.
The Twins were behind 4-0 in the ninth inning when Willingham came to the plate with a runner on first base. Orioles relief pitcher Troy Patton threw a pitch right down the center of the plate (big mistake!) and Willingham tomahawked the ball deep into the left-center field seats for his first home run of the year. The Twins couldn’t score again, eventually losing 4-2. During this off-season, we have heard that Willingham has some pop in his bat and he sure proved it in the Twins’ opening game. Let’s hope that continues! After all, Willingham had 29 home runs last year for Oakland. To watch a replay of the blast, click here.
The Twins showed some good signs in game one, despite the loss. I hope the team can win this weekend, and go on from there when starter Jason Marquis comes back to make the Twins’ pitching rotation full once again. Just think, the Twins lost 13-3 in last year’s opener in Toronto so they are already improving from last year!
Oh, almost forgot: The aquarium behind home plate at Marlins Park, Miami’s new ballpark, is pretty darn sweet! Miami lost its inaugural game versus St. Louis on April 4 by a score of 4-1.
Written by: Michael L. Sack