Baseball returned on Thursday afternoon bringing with it a wealth of highlights. Take for example Jordan Zimmerman. He retired 20 battles in a row against the Blue Jays. Both Robinson Cano and Andrew McCutchen have crushed home runs on their debut for new teams. Tim Beckham took Chris Sale twice! How cool is that?
The Yankees also had a fantastic opening day. Their 7-2 victory over the Orioles brought with them many wild moments. These six are the most interesting.
. 1 The Orioles ran out of an inning – literally
Okay, I know that fun meets the Orioles is little hanging fruit. Any talk of wild moments, however, must include this first inning gem. After Masahiro Tanaka had withdrawn the first two thugs to start the game, he allowed Jonathan Villar a single. Trey Mancini locked a ball against the top, which should have made the O a big inning. Instead, Villar ran into the ball, resulting in an automatic failure. Somehow this ended up as the game's second worst baserunning mistake.
. 2 The Yankees did not notice the infield flight rule
. The bombers had their own ridiculous moment in the seventh inning on the base pat. Gary Sanchez fought two runners and another against David Hess. The Yankees Catcher was fouled from pitch to pitch before eventually appearing on the 1
Sam Miller once wrote a story about how each game leads to seeing something new. Maybe this exact scenario has gone through history before, but I've never seen anything like it, and it's fun.
. 3 Richter showed his wheels
I promise that this is the last hint about baserunning. Aaron Judge scored the Yankees' first goal of the season with a single in the first inning. Giancarlo Stanton followed him with one, and Richter set up the jets. He went from first to third place of a single! And the fans said the Yankees are not playing baseball. Recently, the judge said that he wanted to help the team in every possible way, whether to beat or run runners. Maybe he can change games with his speed and .
. 4 Voit never made a hit
The legend of Luke Voit grew on Thursday. In the first inning, he smoked a three-pronged homer standing in the middle.
This was followed by Voit in his next record appearance with a four-part gear. He was then drilled at the elbow at a faulty pitch. The 28-year-old finished his day in the seventh inning with another walk. Four trips to the plate and no outs. This is one way to push your percentage base.
. 5 Bird 's Platoon Splits defy conventional wisdom.
With Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks on the shelf, the Yankees have few left-turn options. That made the idea of wearing Greg Bird on the opening schedule so appealing. Theoretically, he could use the right-handed pitchers and the short porch. On the other side of the coin, a platoon split should make it susceptible to south paws.
Bird does not work that way. He has a career of 118 wRC + against left-handers, while the mark falls to 91 against Righties. The first baseman faced three right-handers today, and he beat out every time. At the end of the eighth, he went against Paul Fry, a left-hander, and did so:
. 6 Tulowitzki played shortstop for the Yankees
. Think back to the year 2011 or something. Now imagine, I would have told you that Troy Tulowitzki would one day play as a starting place for the Yankees. Not only that, but he would get a loud appeal. After he had collected his first hit in pinstripes, he was suffocated on the second base.
You probably would not believe me. You would tell me that it is too good to be true.
No, he is no longer Tulowitzki. And the circumstances that brought him to New York were hardly ideal. However, it still made a cool moment, and that's what Opening Day is all about.