Friday’s Den: Wrapping up Opening Day of baseball season

How does ESPN or FOX not have afternoon games on national TV for Opening Day?

The last 17 years, Giants have started a different left-fielder every Opening Day. 17 years, 17 different guys in left field. 

Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks was the nephew of Tigers’ P Virgil Trucks, who won 177 games pitching in the 40’s/50’s.

Adam Wainwright sang the national anthem before the Cardinals played Toronto at Busch Stadium Thursday; he is an aspiring country music singer when his baseball career ends after this season. From all accounts he did really well singing the anthem, not an easy song. 

— A’s 2, Angels 1:
Trout/Ohtani are making combined $67M; payroll for entire Oakland roster: $59,265,000
Kemp tied game with 8th inning double; Diaz drove him in with game-winning single.
Ohtani threw six shutout innings, striking out 10. 

— Rangers 11, Phillies 7:
Texas scored nine runs in 4th inning after Phillies had led 5-0.
First time since 1997 a team scored 9+ runs in an inning on Opening Day.
Rangers won despite deGrom giving up five runs in 3.2 IP.
Grossman hit a 3-run homer for Texas.

— Blue Jays 10, Cardinals 9:
Springer went 5-6, scored four runs, tied game with hit in 9th.
Guerrero hit sac fly for game-winning run in top of 9th.
Cardinals lost C Contreras with knee injury in 7th inning.
Donovan went 3-6 with three runs scored for St Louis.

— White Sox 3, Astros 2:
Vaughn hit 2-run double in top of 9th for game-winning hit.
Game was scoreless thru six innings.
First time in 11 years Houston lost on Opening Day.

— Orioles 10, Red Sox 9:
Baltimore led 10-4 after seven innings, hung on for dear life.
Rutschman went 5-5 with four RBI for the Orioles.
Slots 1-4 in Boston order went 8-18; slots 5-9 went 3-17. 

— Pirates 5, Reds 4:
Cruz homered early, had game-winning sac fly in 8th inning.
Pirate bullpen threw 4.1 scoreless IP, allowed only four baserunners.
This is 7th year in a row that Pittsburgh started season on road. 

— Cubs 4, Brewers 0:
Stroman tossed six shutout IP, allowed six baserunners.
Chicago scored all four of its runs in the third inning.
Swanson went 3-for-4 in his first game as a Cub. 

— Braves 7, Nationals 2:
d’Arnaud went 4-5 with two runs scored, two RBI.
It took Washington starter Corbin 80 pitches to get thru three IP.
Braves’ starter Fried is headed to the IL with a hamstring injury.
Washington was 1-11 with runners in scoring position. 

— Mets 5, Marlins 3:
Nimmo had RBI double in 7th inning to put Mets ahead for good.
Marlins had tied game with three runs in 6th inning off Scherzer.
Mets put star P Verlander on IL with a muscle pull near his shoulder. 

— Rays 4, Tigers 0:
McClanahan threw six shutout IP, allowed five baserunners.
Rays’ home opener drew 25,025 fans, not great for a successful franchise.
Siri and Franco homered for Tampa Bay

— Twins 2, Royals 0:
Game was scoreless after five innings.
Lopez got 16 outs on 85 pitches, allowed five baserunners.
Kansas City was 0-6 with RISP.

— Bronx 5, Giants 0:
Judge scored first run of MLB season with a 1st inning homer.
Cole threw six shutout IP, striking out 11 Giants.
Torres hit a two-run homer in fourth inning. 

— Rockies 7, Padres 2:
CJ Cron went 4-5 with two homers, 5 RBI.
Blackmon was 3-38 in previous Opening Day starts; he was 3-5 in this game.
San Diego was 0-10 with runners in scoring position.

— Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 2:
Will Smith went 3-4 with four RBI.
Urias threw six innings, giving up two runs on 79 pitches.
Dodders were 5-11 with RISP.

— Mariners 3, Guardians 0:
Quite a pitching duel: Bieber/Castillo each threw six shutout IP.
Seattle scored three runs in bottom of 8th— France homered.
Over was 8-7 on Opening Day this season. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

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