Game 2: Orioles 8, Twins 2

A win on Opening Day is standard. A win in game two isn’t so much. And the pitching match-up didn’t necessarily favor the O’s. But that’s why they play the games.

The Good:

  • Tommy Hunter only got two swings and misses on the day and his control was spotty at times, but it didn’t end up mattering much. Generally you’d expect more than 6 hits when so many balls are put in play, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Final line: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a pitcher have more strike-outs than whiffs before.
  • Nick Markakis remains on pace to hit 162 home runs this year, this time hitting it out to right-center. He also had a pair of singles.
  • Adam Jones got to Francisco Liriano early, taking him out to right-field for his first home run of the year.
  • Matt Wieters completed the middle-of-the-order power display, going deep two batters after Nick. And he walked twice! 
  • Ronny Paulino got put in at DH for match-up purposes, and that worked pretty well; 4-4 with a double. 
  • Robert Andino added a couple of hits out of the nine-hole, making practically the whole stretch of line-up dangerous on the night.

The Bad:

  • In my game preview, I mentioned Hunter maybe getting hurt with a Mark Reynolds misplay leading to a big inning. 7th inning; Reynolds lets the first runner aboard with an error. Two hits later and the bases are loaded with no outs and Hunter has been removed for Pedro Strop (who managed to get out of things with only two runs scoring on fielder’s choices).

The Final:

Orioles starters have now pitched 14 consecutive innings with out giving up an earned run to start the year. If they keep that going, I think they can win a few games. Two down, 68 to go.