Durham Bulls 4, Gwinnett Braves 3 (12 innings)
The Bulls picked up an exciting extra-innings walk-off win to kick of the 2012 season. The Bulls jumped out to an early lead by scoring a run in the first on an RBI single by Matt Mangini. They added to their lead an inning later on an RBI single by Chris Gimenez to put the Bulls ahead 2-0. The Braves cut the lead in half in the third and later tied the game in the eighth. The game would remain tied until the top of the 12th inning when the Braves scored a solo run. But the Bulls rallied in the home half of the 12th to avoid the loss. Tim Beckham drove home the tying run on a ground ball to the pitcher. Then Shawn O'Malley reached on an error to score Will Rhymes and give the Bulls a 4-3 win. The Bulls pitching staff notched 18 strikeouts on the night with Alex Cobb leading the way with eight of them. Ryan Reid picked up the win for the Bulls.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3, Montgomery Biscuits 1
The Biscuits fell to the Blue Wahoos 3-1 in the Blue Wahoos inaugural year home opener in Pensacola. The Blue Wahoos took the lead right from the start by scoring in the first inning. The Biscuits battled back to tie the game in the third by opening the inning with back to back doubles. Isaias Velasquez doubled to left to lead off the inning and was then drove home on an RBI double by Hak-Ju Lee. The game would remain tied 1-1 until the eighth inning when the Blue Wahoos pushed across two runs. The Biscuits couldn't recover in the ninth as they took the loss. Shane Dyer provided a strong start, pitching 5 innings and only giving up an unearned run. Frank De Los Santos was charged with the loss.
Charlotte Stone Crabs 8, Fort Myers Miracle 6
The Stone Crabs defeated their neighbor to the south 8-6 on opening day. The Stone Crabs jumped out to an early lead by scoring two runs in the first inning. Mikie Mahtook and Phil Wunderlich reached picked up an RBI to give the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead. The Miracle bounced back to take the lead by scoring a run in the first and two in the second. But the Stone Crabs used a three run fourth to go in front to stay. Derek Dietrich pushed across two runs with a double to right and Mahtook recorded his second RBI of the night with a double to center to put the Stone Crabs ahead 5-2. The Stone Crabs added to their lead in the seventh on an RBI single by Cody Rogers and again in the eighth as Dietrich and Wunderlich each drive home a run. The Miracle managed a late rally, scoring three runs in the ninth but the rally fell short and the Stone Crabs held on for the 8-6 win. George Jensen picked up the with for the Stone Crabs and Chris Rearick the save. Every hitter in the Stone Crabs lineup with the exception of Luke Bailey recorded a hit on opening day with 5 of the team's 15 hits being for extra bases.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 3, South Bend Silver Hawks 0
The Hot Rods picked up a 3-0 shut-out win on opening day. The Hot Rods got on the scoreboard in the third when Jake Hager led off the inning with a double to left and then later scored on an RBI single by Todd Glaesmann to make it 1-0. The Hot Rods added two more runs in the eighth on a two run double by Kes Carter to score Jeff Malm and Tyler Motter to give the Hot Rods a 3-0 win. Jake Floethe picked up the win by pitching 5 shut-out innings and recording 6 strikeouts. Austin Hubbard notched the save by striking out 2 of the three hitters he faced in the ninth. The offense was led by Jake Hager who was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate and Kes Carter who knocked home 2 of the three runs.