Orioles defeated by Yankees 7-2 in season opener
It was a bright and sunny Opening Day in the Bronx as the Baltimore Orioles took on the New York Yankees to kick off the 2019 season. Baltimore sent Andrew Cashner to the mound, after scratching original starter Alex Cobb due to a groin injury. Masahiro Tanaka took the mound for New York, starting in place of Luis Severino, who will be out until early May.
The Yankee bats were hot early in this one. Singles by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton led to a monstrous 3-run homer by Luke Voit to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead in the first. Cashner loaded the bases full of Yankees in the bottom of the third, but got Miguel Andujar to ground into a double play. Aaron Judge scored from third, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead.
The Orioles finally got on the board in the fourth. Trey Mancini hit a single, but advanced to second base on a throwing error by Miguel Andujar. Rio Ruiz got the first RBI of the season with a single to center, scoring Mancini from second.
Andrew Cashner walked the first two batters in the bottom of the fifth, which resulted in manager Brandon Hyde taking him out of the game. Cashner pitched just four innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and four walks.
Mike Wright came on in relief of Cashner and immediately walks Giancarlo Stanton to load the bases with no outs. Wright then hits Luke Voit on a high and inside fastball to score the Yankees fifth run. A sacrifice fly by Miguel Andujar would score Aaron Judge from third, giving the Yankees a 6-1 lead. Wright would get out of the inning, striking out Greg Bird.
Dwight Smith Jr. hit a line drive single to right field in the sixth, which lead to an RBI double by Trey Mancini. That would end Tanaka’s day on the mound. He went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, on six hits with five strikeouts.
David Hess pitched two innings for the Orioles, throwing scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Adam Ottavino pitched a scoreless seventh, and former Oriole, Zack Britton, tossed a scoreless eighth for New York. Paul Fry would come on in relief in the bottom of the eighth for Baltimore. Greg Bird would hit a leadoff home run off of Fry, which gave the Yankees a 7-2 lead. Later in the inning, Troy Tulowitzki would pick his first hit as a Yankee, hitting a double to deep left field off of Fry.
Aroldis Chapmen came on the mound for New York to close this one out. After giving up a leadoff infield hit to Hanser Alberto, he gets Joey Rickard out on strikes. Renato Nunez would pinch hit for Chris Davis, who went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts on the day. Nunez would fly out for the second out. Jesus Sucre would ground out to second to end the game. The Yankees defeat the Orioles 7-2. Masahiro Tanaka is the winning pitcher, and Andrew Cashner takes the loss.
Final from the Bronx: Orioles 2 and Yankees 7