Phil Mackey (ESPN 1500) commented on the first hit:
The first pitch was at 6:11. The first hit off Nick Blackburn was also at 6:11.— Phil Mackey (@PMac21) August 11, 2012
Following that first hit, a Desmond Jennings single up the middle, B.J. Upton hit back-to-back home runs.
“I knew Jennings was going to swing on the first pitch, no doubt in my mind,” said Blackburn.
“To start off a game I was going to go with my strength obviously,” he continued, referring to his sinker. “Just didn’t get it there. Same thing with Upton and Joyce.”
John Shipley of the Pioneer Press commented: