Twins Win Chilly Home Opener with Hot Bats
The Minnesota Twins scored a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over Seattle Thursday in one of the coldest home openers in franchise history. A sold-out crowd shivered together with a game-time temperature of 38 degrees at Target Field. The Twins' all-time coldest opener will remain the 1962 game at Met Stadium at 33 degrees.
The fans had at least three great reasons to leap from their seats and get their blood circulating again as the Twins pounded out three home runs to account for all of their scoring. Seattle jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first off starting pitcher Kyle Gibson and a defensive miscue. The score held steady until the last of the sixth when Miguel Sano, who committed the first inning error, smashed a ball out of the park for a two-run homer. Joe Mauer, who collected his 1,992nd career hit, scored in front of him.
Twins' catcher Mitch Garver hit his first career home run in the seventh to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead. Eddie Rosario added a solo insurance shot in the eighth, a pitch after what should have been called strike three, according to the radio broadcast team or Cory Provus and Dan Gladden.
Zach Duke got the pitching victory with two-thirds of an inning of work. Fernando Rodney got his first Twins' save. Minnesota (4-2) will continue their series against Seattle on Saturday at 1:10PM with Jose Berrios and Mike Leake as the announced pitching match-up. Listen to Twins' baseball all season on KRFO AM 1390.
The game opened with an amusing scene. During pregame festivities, a bald eagle flew around the stadium. Instead of immediately returning to its handler, it landed on the shoulder of Mariners' starting pitcher James Paxton. Members of the Gold medal-winning U.S. men's curling team threw out the first pitches.