Photo Credit: Brian Stull
The 2017 baseball season is officially underway and the first two games have reminded fans why America’s pastime was missed so dearly. Last year the Chicago Cubs broke an 108 year title drought in one of the best World Series in recent memory. The first two games earlier today had the New York Yankees vs. the Tamp Bay Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. the San Francisco Giants. Those games did not disappoint as they were filled with drama and history.
The Rays and Yankees was the first game to start the 2017 season and it was all Tampa Bay. The Rays won 7-3 as the Yankees lost their opener for the sixth consecutive year. The Rays pounded the Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka for seven runs as he didn’t even make it through the third inning. The Rays hit two homers off of Tanaka and one of them stood out. Rays Third Baseman Evan Longoria hit a homer that was remiscent of the one he hit on the final day of the 2011 season to send the Rays to the postseason. The Rays starter Chris Archer appreciated the support from his offense and pitched seven innings while giving up two runs. This game wasn’t as dramatic as the second game played today however it brought back memories of one of the most dramatic walk-offs in MLB history.
Last year Madison Bumgarner was very vocal about having pitchers hit in the homerun derby and today he showed why. The Giants ace hit two homeruns and did not allow a baserunner until after the fifth inning and he struck out eleven batters. Bumgarner become the first pitcher in MLB history to hit two homeruns on opening day. That was not enough as the Diamondbacks came back from behind not once put twice. The Giants signed free agent pitcher Mark Melancon to a huge contract this past offseason. Last season the Giants last four games when leading in the ninth in September and saw Melancon as the solution. Today he was not as after getting two quick outs Melancon allowed four hits and two earned runs including a walk off single to the Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings.
Both these games were dramatic and saw some records broken. Baseball is back and these first two games are an indication that this season could be even more special than last.
Written By: Jamie Gatlin
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