Twins Edge Razorbacks 2-1
Offseason acquisitions abound, but team core deliversUpdated Monday June 20, 2016 by Colin Sullivan.
The Twins opening day roster featured 7 new faces, but the returning squad stole the day in a game with mid-season polish. The Razorbacks opened the scoring in the top of the 3rd with an RBI groundout led by 2 of their team's 3 total hits. The Twins answered back in the bottom of the inning. Vetran utility man, Kevin Herd, lifted a humpbacked-liner into shallow center field, cleanly stole 2nd and deftly advanced to third on a seeing-eye-single by, newly acquired, David Amram. He later scored on an RBI groundout delivered by Nathan Stranges. Stranges was so satisfied with his RBI he thought he should get to stay on first and did so until the umpire emphatically explained to him that he was, in fact, still out.
Meanwhile - Rob Chartrand was dominating, striking-out 7 over the first 5 frames and keeping the score knotted at 1's. Then - in the bottom of the 5th with 2 out and a runner on third, Colin Sullivan entered the game as pinch hitter and lashed a 2-2 slider into right center field scoring, first round draft pick, Patrick Knowles breaking the tie. The 2 runs would prove to be all the Twins needed as Chartland punctuated his complete game victory by striking-out the side in the 7th, adding to his game high 11 K's.
Stat of note: This marks the first time in franchise history the Twins have won a game without drawing a single walk.