Orioles win Opening Day game in walk-off fashion
The Baltimore Orioles keep the winning going and repeat last years performance with a walk-off homer, by none other then Adam Jones. Thursdays win marked the eighth straight win for the Orioles on Opening Day. Fernando Rodney gave up the solo shot to Adam Jones in the 11th inning.
The game moved quickly until the 8th, both starting pitchers had outstanding debuts. Bundy tossed seven scoreless innings,one walk, five hits, and seven strikeouts.
Orioles had opportunities to score, starting in the first inning when Machado hit a double then Schoop and Jones followed with strikeouts.
Going to the bullpen, Minnesota Twins’ lefty Zach Duke started the inning striking out Trey Mancini but due to a wild third strike Mancini reached safely, Tim Beckham followed with his strikeout of his own, Danny Valencia was then intentionally walked, Craig Gentry threw in his strikeout of his own leading to Caleb Joseph to take the plate. With the outfield playing in, Joseph tripled to shallow right-center to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead.
In the battle of the bullpens the Orioles looked to be winning the battle. Then the ninth came, when Brad Brach let up two runs. In the bottom of the ninth the Orioles rallied back to load the bases, with Jonathan Schoop up he grounded into a double play to end the walk up hopes… for now.
Free baseball came next in Baltimore and in the bottom of the eleventh Jones walked it off leading to the Orioles winning 3-2 over the Twins.
Next up will be the Twins Saturday at 7:05pm, Cashner vs Gibson.