The notables from yesterday’s action in baseball….
Los Angeles Dodgers 7, San Francisco Giants 5
The Dodgers took 3 out of 4 to open the season–on the strength of a Matt Kemp home run and a big 7th inning off Giants reliever Dan Runzler. The Giants fought valiantly, battling back from deficits a couple of times on home runs by Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand, and a run scoring single by Buster Posey (who wasn’t supposed to play). Jonathan Broxton got his 3rd save of the year on this, the Sunday Night Baseball game of the week.
Atlanta Braves 11, Washington Nationals 2
Brian McCann had his first big game of the year, collecting 3 hits and driving in 4 runners. Jason Heyward had a couple of hits and drove in a runner, while Tim Hudson worked seven innings allowing 3 hits and one earned run for his first victory of the season. Martin Prado had three hits in the lead-off spot for the Bravos.
Kansas City Royals 12, Los Angeles Angels 9 (13)
This was a wild and wacky contest that saw Alex Gordon go 4 for 6 on the day, and Bobby Abreu went 5 for 5 with two walks. Howie Kendrick continued his hot start by homering twice. Billy Butler added his first home run of the year and Fernando Rodney had the big blown save for the Angels that allowed a furious comeback by the Royals in the 9th. Matt Treanor‘s big three run walk-off job in the 13th sent the Royals fans home happy from Kauffman Stadium.
Baltimore Orioles 5, Tampa Bay Rays 1
How about those Baltimore Orioles? Zach Britton was called up to make the start and ended up going 6 innings allowing only one earned run to get his first win of the year. Matt Wieters, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Mark Reynolds all had multi-hit games. The Orioles begin the season with a sweep of the division rival Rays.