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Seth Beer’s walk-off homer stuns the Padres
Seth Beer launched a game-winning, three-run homer at the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
Beer’s blast in deep right field off Craig Stamen’s delivery spoiled a stellar outing by San Diego starter Yu Darvish, who threw six no-hits before being pulled to a 2-0 lead after throwing 92 pitches. Played an innings
The Padres lost to a bullpen meltdown. San Diego took a 2–0 lead in ninth place, but Robert Suarez – who was making his major league debut – faced two batters first and then went to Carson Kelly to load the bases with a pitch. killed for
Stamen entered and immediately threw a wild pitch that leveled Christian Walker 2-1. And then the Bears, in their 13th major league at-bat, crushed a breaking ball that gave the Diamondbacks a comeback victory on National Beer Day in the United States.
– The Associated Press
Astros win 10th consecutive opening day game
Framber Valdez overtook Shohei Ohtani with 6 innings of a two-hit ball, and the Houston Astros tied the longest winning streak in major league history with a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
Ohtani scored a one-run delivery in the fifth inning for the Angels, who lost their season opener for the eighth time in nine years. Last season’s AL MVP took advantage of baseball’s off-season rule changes to score 0 for 4 at the plate, allowing him to remain the designated hitter after finishing pitching.
– The Associated Press
The Mets beat the Nationals behind Tyler Megillo
Mark Canha and Starling Marte—two products of the Mets’ quarter-billion dollar offseason spending spree—scored for five shutout innings from Tyler Megill, Jacob deGrome’s fill-in as the opening day starter, and New York manager Buck. Showalters won Thursday night’s 5-1 debut against the Washington Nationals.
Things take a scary turn for the Mets in the top of the ninth inning on Thursday night when Pete Alonso was hit near the face on the pitch by National reliever Nate Thompson.
Alonso’s helmet flew off as he hit the ground, but he came up and headed first before being pulled back toward the dugout by manager Buck Showalter. The pitch first took the eye off his shoulder and his helmet was fitted with a C-flap.
“All right, just a cracked lip,” Alonso said after the game. “It’s done. I have all my teeth, no injuries, I’m all right.”
— Andrew Tredinik, The Associated Press
U Darvesh kept D’Back unstoppable with a six
Padres right-hander Yu Darvish kept the Arizona Diamondbacks hitless with four walks and three strikes in six innings – but their night ended after 92 pitches.
Tim Hill relieved Darwish and delivered a leadoff single to Pavin Smith in the bottom of the seventh, ending the team’s bid for no-no.
Joe Musgrove threw a no-hitter for the first time in franchise history for San Diego in 2021.
Shohei Ohtani dazzled in early 2022
Reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani made an opening day debut for the Angels and hit nine strikeouts in his 4th innings against the Astros, conceding an earned run. Ohtani dismissed Houston second baseman Jose Altuve three times but went 1-0 up in the game.
Thanks to MLB’s new Shohe Ohtani rule, Ohtani was able to stay in the game as the designated hitter after his night ended on the mound.
Reds Bad Braves World Series Celebration
It was supposed to be a party for a sold out crowd of 40,545 at Truist Park. It was a chance to remember Atlanta’s impossible run to a title last year and the coronation of one of the National League’s top contenders this season. New extra Matt Olsson received a standing ovation on his first at-bat.
Tyler Mahle and the Reds had different plans. Mahle did not allow an earned run, scoring seven runs in five innings, and he helped the party spoil in a 6–3 victory over the defending World Series champions. Brandon Drury hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning as the Reds hit a total of 10.
, Bobby Nightingale
Bobby Witt Jr.’s first hit sparks victory for the Royals
Making his big league debut on Thursday, Bobby Witt Jr. hit a double double in the eighth inning to give Kansas City a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Guardians.
One of the top prospects in baseball, Witt started at third base for the Royals and went hitless in his first three at-bats until his extra-base hit against Tristan Mackenzie.
“You couldn’t have scripted better than this,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said after the game. “It’s not one he’s going to forget, and I probably won’t either.”
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Tyler O’Neill Homers for St. Louis
The Cardinals dropped fielder Tyler O’Neill The first home run of the season was a three-run shot in the second innings of the opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Homer gave St Louis a 4-0 lead in an innings when O’Neill opened the scoring with an RBI single
O’Neill finished eighth in the NL MVP voting and won his second Gold Glove in 2021, hitting 34 homers with 15 steals and a .912 OPS.
Nico Horner puts the Cubs forward
Chicago shortstop Nico Horner hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning against NL Cy Young winner Corbin Burns to give the Cubs a 3–1 lead in their season opener.
Milwaukee scored the first run of the 2022 season in the fourth, on an RBI groundout by Lorenzo Cain. Horner’s lead came Homer after it was tied up by Patrick Wisdom’s sack fly.
Albert Pujols receives a standing ovation as Cardinals return
Playing his first game for the Cardinals since 2011, Albert Pujols received a standing ovation from the crowd on Opening Day in St. The 42-year-old Pujol was the opening designated hitter for the Cardinals, batting at fifth.
Siya Suzuki gets first big league hit
The Cubs signed Japanese star Seiya Suzuki to a five-year, $85 million contract in March and the 27-year-old made his debut on Thursday, starting in right field and batting in sixth place for Chicago.
Suzuki walked in his first big-league plate appearance (2nd inning) and then took a single from the bottom of the fifth against Corbin Burns.
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox could not expand
Boston shortstop Xander Bogarts could walk out of his contract after this season and said on Thursday that he and the team were not going to extend before Opening Day.
Bogarts is entering the third year of a six-year, $120 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in early 2019. If he gets out, the 29-year-old will be one of the top players available for free. agent market.
K’Brien Hayes, Pirates agree on major expansion
The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to issue the biggest contract in franchise history, agreeing to an eight-year, $70 million extension with third baseman K’Brien Hayes ahead of the 2022 season opener.
Jason Kendall’s six-year, $60 million deal in 2000 (!) was Pittsburgh’s biggest ever contract.
Hayes exploded onto the scene in 2020, batting .376 in 24 games to earn Rookie of the Year votes, but wrist injuries limited him to 96 games last season.
Opening day tickets are easy to find; rain delays other games
Just two of the seven openers on Thursday – the Astro-Angels in Anaheim and the Pirates-Cardinals in St. Louis – were sold out. The Atlanta Braves, the defending World Series champions, have only standing room tickets available for Thursday’s opener and both Friday and Saturday’s games against Cincinnati.
The weather hasn’t cooperated either, with rain conditions already booting up the Red Sox-Yankees opener in the Bronx and the Twins’ games on Friday against Seattle. Fortunately for all teams involved, those games were regularly scheduled for home openers and would use Friday’s rain dates to receive games – although this still did not guarantee a full home. Is.
— Gabe Lacks
Padres, Twins trade opening day
The Minnesota Twins acquired right-handed pitchers Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagan from the San Diego Padres for All-Star left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers and outfielder Brent Rucker.
Under the terms of the deal announced Thursday, the Twins will also receive a player to be named later and the Padres will receive $6.6 million in cash.
, The Associated Press
After ugly winter, Rob Manfred ‘thrilled’ to start 2022
Major League Baseball players followed him openly. Disappointed fans only blamed him. He was a living pinata for the media.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred may be the most hated man of all sports during the 99-day lockdown.
Here we are, arriving a week late on Opening Day Thursday, and even a day later for the latest chapter in the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry. His season-opener to appear alongside Manfred, at Yankee Stadium, was postponed until Friday.
“I never expected this season so much,” Manfred told USA Today Sports in an elaborate interview. “I think the idea of normal, unrestricted fans in the ballpark is a really exciting thing for me, looking back on the last two seasons.
“I can’t wait for it to go.”
— Bob Nightingale