MLB Opening Day Brings Strong Pitching and The Longest Opening Day Game Ever.
It was a big day in the world of Major League Baseball Thursday as the 2012 season got underway. MLB opening day saw several 1 run wins and scored the longest opening-day game ever.
The longest opening day game ever was a battle between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians. The Jays tied up the Indians 3 run lead in the 9th causing extra innings. I don’t think anyone expected the number of innings to go to 16 though! Finally a three-run homer in the top of the 16th by J.P. Arencibia put the Blue Jays in line to win and it held! They finished after 5 hours and 14 mins of baseball with a score of 7-4. Great warmup to the season for these two.
The Detroit Tigers overtook the Boston Red Sox at a score of 3-2. The flame-throwing right hander for the Detroit Tigers, Justin Verlander, pitched incredibly well allowing only 2 hits in 8 innings. He left the game leading 2-0, but the ninth inning changed that. Jose Valverde who hadn’t had a blown save since Sept. 2nd, 2010 came into the game and allowed the Sox to tie it up. Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez both had hits, David Ortiz contributed with a sac fly and then Ryan Sweeney tripled, driving home Darnell McDonald who was pinch running for Gonzalez. The final score was determined in the bottom of the ninth though as Austin Jackson’s bases-loaded single did the trick.
In National League action, The Philadelphia Phillies received a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates for their first game. Roy Halladay was very solid for the Phillies for eight innings on MLB opening day. Even without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley they pulled out the win. Also, their new closer Jonathan Papelbon pitched his first National League save in the ninth.
The New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves by one run in their 1-0 match up. Johan Santana got the call much to the joy of his fans awaiting his return after his shoulder surgery.
Cincinnati Reds saw results from Jay Bruce in their MLB opening day game. He homered and drove in 2 runs, while Johnny Cueto also got the job done for his first start of opening day play. The Reds beat the Miami Marlins by a score of 4-0.
Despite losing pitching ace Clayton Kershaw after three innings due to the flu, The Los Angeles Dodgers took the MLB opening day game from the San Diego Padres by 2 runs. The final score was 5-3 thanks in part to Matt Kemp’s pair of hits which included a two-run homer.
Stephen Strasburg got his first MLB opening day start for the Chicago Cubs and dominated for seven innings allowing only one run and five hits however, the Washington Nationals beat his club 2-1. Ryan Dempster struck out 10 in 7 2/3 innings for the Nationals.
So, that’s the scoop for MLB opening day 2012. If you missed out on these games, don’t worry! Many teams will still have their season opener home game to look forward to.