Yesterday was MLB’s official Opening Day with 18 clubs playing in the season openers. 2 Games got postponed due to poor weather which will see Opening Day extend into a 3rd day this season.
Opening Day had plenty of exciting moments this season from Bryce Harper homering in his first at bat of the season to Rockies rookie, Trevor Story, homering twice off much fancied Zack Greinke in his Diamondback debut.
Below is a brief recap of Opening Day:
Giants (1-0) 12-3 Brewers (0-1)
The Giants’ offense was on fire in Milwaukee scoring 12 in the season opener. At one stage, Span, Panik and Posey hit back-to-back-to-back homer runs. Span drove in 5 and Duffy drove in 4 as the Giants got off to a winning start on the road. If Peralta is the Brewers’ ace, then it promises to be a terribly long season in Milwaukee. Madison Bumgarner struggled with the flu as he didn’t look like himself on the mound. He pitched 5 innings and gave up 5 hits, 3 ER, 5 walks while striking out 6.
Twins (0-1) 2-3 Orioles (1-0)
This game tested the Orioles faithful commitment as they had to endure 2 rain delays. The Orioles rewarded their fans with the win as debutant Trumbo shined with 4 hits on the day. Matt Wieters hit a walkoff single in the ninth to secure the win for the Orioles. Chris Tillman looked impressive before he was called off after a rain delay. he went 2 IP, 0H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5K.
Mariners (0-1) 2-3 Rangers (1-0)
The Rangers could only manage 1 hit but still managed to win and hand King Felix his first loss on Opening Day. Hernandez pitched well with 6 IP, H, ER, 5BB, 6K but gave up too many walks that ultimately cost the Mariners the game. Cano and Seager homered for the Mariners. Cole Hamels got the win for the Rangers and he looked impressive going 7IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 8K.
Phillies (0-1) 2-6 Reds (1-0)
This was a close game until the 8th inning when the Reds broke out and scored 5 runs. Votto and Bruce drove in 2 runs each and Cozart enjoyed a good day at the plate as he went 3-3 with a RBI. Both starters were solid, Reds starter, Iglesias pitched 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 0BB and 7K while Hellickson went 6IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 6K for the Phillies.
Nationals (1-0) 4-3 Braves (0-1)
Its fair to say Bryce Harper isn’t much loved at Turner Field. The crowd let him know exactly how they feel about him when he walked up to bat in his first at bat and Harper responded by hitting a home run in his first at bat. Nats debutant, Daniel Murphy was the star however as he went 2-3, HR, 2B, 2RBI and 2BB on the day to give the Nats and Dusty Baker a win on Opening Day in Atlanta.
Dodgers (1-0) 15-0 Padres (0-1)
Two new managers faced off and it couldn’t have gone any worse for Padres manager, Andy Green as he oversaw the biggest shutout loss in Opening Day history. Clayton Kershaw was in mid season form with 7IP, H, 0ER, BB, 9K. Chase Utley also impressed with 3-5 and 2 RBIs.
Blue Jays (2-0) 5-3 Rays (0-2)
The Blue Jays homered no less than 3 times in this game with Thole, Saunders and Donaldson each getting one as the Blue Jays defeated the Rays for a 2nd time in 2 days by the exact same score line. Blue Jays closer got his 2nd save of the season. For the Rays, Kiermaier is looking good early on. He went 3-3 at the plate with a RBI.
Rockies (1-0) 10-5 D’Backs (0-1)
This game was supposed to be all about Zack Greinke’s D’BAcks debut, however Rockies rookie, Trevor Story, stole the limelight on his major league debut as he hit 2 home runs off Zack Greinke. Arenado and Gonzalez followed that up with a home runs of their own as the Rockies stormed to convincing win. Greinke will want to forget about his D’Backs debut. He went 4IP, 9H, 7ER, BB, 2K. And how terrible are those new D’Backs uniforms?
Cubs (1-0) 9-0 Angels (0-1)
Jake Arrieta showed why the Cubs are the favorites to take the honors this season as he dominated the Angels, including Mike Trout. Arrieta pitched 7 scoreless innings allowing only 2 hits in the process and striking out 6 Angels hitters. Montero homered for the Cubs and drove in 3 runs. Just the start the Cubs needed on their quest to break the curse.
White Sox (1-0) 4-3 A’s (0-1)
The gloss was taken off this game when A’s ace Sonny Gray pulled out of the game with food poisoning. The White Sox took advantage and made sure they got the win behind a sold performance from their ace, Chris Sale (7IP, 7H, 3ER, BB, 8K).
All in all a very enjoyable day of baseball and its great to have baseball back. The best thing is today we do it all over again.