The first Twins baseball game of 2017 is in the books, and shocker, it was a loss for our boys. Before you freak out or something, though, keep in mind it’s a long season and it technically hasn’t even started yet.
The recently DFAed Byungho Park was probably the biggest bright spot for the Twins. Park went 2-for-2 with a single (a “Park Bing”) and a double (a “Park Bong”), although sources who were watching the game say the double was actually a miscalled home run (a “PARK BANG!”). Both hits came off fastballs, which made them even better.
Both of ByungHo Park's hits came on 93 mph fastballs, and he believes it's a good sign. "I’ve prepared for the fastball," Park said.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) February 25, 2017
Park and non-roster invitee Matt Hague were the only Twins with multiple hits in the game, both with two.
As for the Twins’ other three hits? They came on a double by Byron Buxton, a double by Twins 2016 minor league player of the year Zach Granite, and a single by non-roster invitee Benji Gonzalez. Gonzalez also drove in the only run for the Twins in the game with a groundout in the 9th inning.
As for low-lights? Jorge Polanco made a throwing error with a ball in the dirt to first base. That’s troubling.
No matter, however. It’s just spring training, and doggonit, baseball is back. Sort of.