Opening Day Win At Target Field!
Monday marked a new year of baseball, and on Opening Day, hope springs eternal. With the Twins and Royals both being 0-0 on the season, it was time for regular season baseball.
Getting to the ballpark was interesting with the traffic and lack of parking due to the official attendance of 39,615. After parking was found, we were just about closer to U.S. Bank Stadium than Target Field. But, after finding some Twins fans who knew how to get there, we all scurried along to the ballpark.
Though it may have been raining back home, there were only a couple of sprinkles at the ballpark. It was a fine April day for a ballgame, even after Mike Moustakas blasted a home run to right field on us in the fourth. Credit is due to the Twins' Opening Day starter, Ervin Santana, though. He retired the next three in order - with the ball finding Miguel Sano on each play.
In the bottom of the inning, our big third baseman turned his defense into offense with a second deck no-doubter to tie the game at 1-1. There was another threat from Kansas City's offense in the top of the seventh after a lead-off walk and some trouble finding the strike zone by Ervin Santana. That didn't matter, as the next three struck out swinging. We then saw some Twins baseball history in the bottom of the inning.
After singing "God Bless America" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch, I had a Red Cow burger to enjoy. The burger was quite good, but even better was the bunting and plate discipline by the Twins. A lead-off hit, two bunts, a replay review, and the first instance of the no-pitch intentional walk in a Twins game was just the
start. With the bases loaded, Kansas City pitchers could not find the strike zone to Grossman, Mauer, or Sano, Then new catcher Jason Castro drove in a pair of runs with a base hit, and young shortstop Jorge Polanco got his second hit of the inning through the right side for an RBI. After that kind of showing of Twins baseball, I don't care how difficult they made my tradition of keeping score.
Twins relievers Matt Belisle and Brandon Kintzler faced the minimum over the final two innings, and the six Twins runs in the seventh inning held up in an exciting one at Target Field! I can't wait to go up again this year. Maybe the Twins should hire me to go to home games...they are 1-0 when I go in 2017!