Center Fielder Aaron Hicks recorded his first Big League hit against the Detroit Tigers
The Minnesota Twins ended their opening series against the Detroit Tigers with unexpectedly winning 2 of the 3 games. After losing their Home and Season Opener 4-2, they came back fresh two days later to continue battling the Tigers, who were swept in the World Series last October.
The Twins trailed for nearly the entire game on the April third contest. With a score of 2-1 in the Tigers’ favor going into the ninth, the Twins felt a little unsettled. Eduardo Escobar responded with a clutch walk-off, two-run double to end the game, boosting the Twins above their rivals in a 3-2 win. Whewfta! Their first win of 2013 is in the books.
The Twins recorded a breezy win the following day. Leading 3-2 into the eighth, the Twins rallied and scored a whopping more 5 more runs to end the game with an 8-2 victory. Now that is uncharacteristic of both teams, but it was certainly a nice change of pace.
Despite the fact that it was the opening series of the 2013 campaign, Target Field held a record-low attendance of just above 22,000 fans (the previous record was approximately 27,000. The average is approximately 30,000).
(Former) top prospect Aaron Hicks earned the starting center fielder position as he had a successful Spring Training. Hicks went 0-4 during his Major League debut, but ultimately got his first Big League hit on April 4 (Prince Fielder kindly gave Hicks the ball, too).
I’d say that the Twinkies had a solid first series. The Twins take on the Orioles at Camden Yards this Friday – Sunday.
Hopefully the Twins can regain their reputation they had in the early 2000s. I’m planning on sitting tight for a couple years while the guys in our farm system develop and progress. Then, we should undoubtedly be contenders.