The Minnesota Twins entered Wednesday night's game looking to win their first game of the season after dropping the season opener to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday afternoon.
They sent Kyle Gibson to the mound, and he got roughed up, as he went five innings, giving up seven hits and four runs. The Twins were unable to fully recover, and ended up dropping the game 4-2.
Baltimore Gets On The Board First
The Orioles got the first run of the game in the second inning when J.J. Hardy drew a two out walk. He scored one batter later when Jonathan Schoop hit a RBI double to right field that Miguel Sano dove for, but came up short.
Minnesota responded in the third inning when Byron Buxton started the inning off with a double. He then advanced to third base when Brian Dozier hit a sacrifice bunt.
Buxton came around to score when Joe Mauer hit a sacrifice fly to center field for the second out of the inning. After Miguel Sano drew a walk to keep the inning alive, Trevor Plouffe ended the inning when he grounded into a fielder's choice.
Baltimore responded in their half of the third when Chris Davis hit a solo home run to center field to put the Orioles up 2-0. They added to their lead in the fourth when Hardy led off the inning with a double.
He advanced to third as Schoop grounded out to the pitcher. Hardy then came around to score when Joey Rickard flew out to left field, sacrificing him home for the second out of the inning.
The Orioles scored again in the following inning when Mark Trumbo drew a one out walk. Trumbo ended up scoring from first when Matt Wieters doubled to left center field to extend the lead to 4-1.
Minnesota Cuts The Lead To Two
After the fifth inning the Orioles removed starter Yovani Gallardo in favor of Mychal Givens, who got Sano to ground out before giving up a home run to Trevor Plouffe, his first of the season, and the first home run for the Twins of the season. That cut the defecit to two runs.
Neither team scored in the seventh or eighth innings, which left the Twins with just three more outs to extend the game. The ninth inning started with a lot of hope as Eduardo Escobar doubled to left center field to lead off. After both Kurt Suzuki and Buxton struck out, Dozier drew a two out walk to put runners on first and second for Mauer.
Before Mauer stepped up to the plate, however, the Twins sent Danny Santana in to the game to pinch run for Dozier. That move would not be needed, however, as Mauer struck out to end the game and give Baltimore the victory.
This is the second straight year that the Twins have started 0-2, as last year they got swept in the first series by the Detroit Tigers. If Twins fans want some consolation, these games have so far been closer than last season's opener was.
The two teams play again on Thursday night when the Twins send Phil Hughes to the mound. Baltimore will counter with Ubaldo Jiminez.
Win: Yovani Gallardo (1-0), Loss: Kyle Gibson (1-0), Save: Zach Britton (1)
Player of the game: J.J. Hardy (1-3, 2 runs scored)