MLB: Opening Day(s) Recap

So opening day has come and gone and many a home run was hit. Two teams still haven’t gotten in on the festivities though, as the Tigers and White Sox opening day tilt was rained out. The first home run of the season belonged to Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, who took Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka deep in the 2nd inning of Tampa’s 7-3 win on Sunday.

Tanaka was sort of turrible, lasting just 2.2 innings, surrendering seven earned runs and the season’s first loss. Have fun with that 23.63 ERA, Masahiro.

Tanaka was far from the only staff ace who had an uncharacteristically rough outing in the opener though. Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, fresh off of a dominant performance in the World Series last year, was touched up for five earned runs (and three home runs), but the Indians still managed to start the season off with a win as they defeated the Rangers 8-5. Yu Darvish pitched slightly better for Texas, but his bullpen imploded behind him, surrendering four runs in the two innings following his exit from the contest.

Elsewhere around the league, typical mashers Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Edwin Encarnacion and others got in on the long ball fun.

Not to be outdone by all of this other longball madness, Houston’s young power combo of Russ Springer and Carlos Correa traded tape measure shots off of King Felix of House Mariner. That Correa shot may have blasted a hole in the brick building past the Crawford Boxes in Houston.

Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi didn’t want to be left out of the fun, so he hit his first home run of the year when he took Pirates starter Gerrit Cole deep for a three run shot that ultimately secured Boston’s opening day victory.

And what do the Red Sox young outfield trio do to celebrate an opening day victory? They dance awkwardly, of course.

Over in the NL Central, the defending champ (still sounds weird) Cubs kicked off their title defense in St. Louis, and the arch rival Cardinals made sure not to make it a happy occasion. The Red Birds walked off in the bottom of the 9th thanks to a Randal Grichuk gap shot that secured a 4-3 victory.

Probably the most entertaining story though from the first round of MLB action was the performance at the plate by Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Sunday. The Giants took a loss, thanks to yet another bullpen implosion… But MadBum still wowed the masses by becoming the first MLB pitcher to ever hit two home runs on opening day. Serious question: when the Giants play interleague this year, do you DH for Bumgarner?



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