Toronto and Cleveland went 16 innings.
–It’s the longest Opening Day game, ever, and baseball has been around a long time.
—Benches-clearing in the fifteenth inning, of course.
—-Omar Vizquel was part of a five-man infield at one point. Technically this made him the left fielder.
——Jack Hannahan had the first stateside AL home run in 2012. It was his third Opening Day home run. He has a career 24 home runs.
At one point in the LAD-SD game, the only players with hits were Clayton Kershaw and Edinson Volquez (that is, the pitchers).
–There were not one but TWO home runs in Petco tonight, including a mammoth shot from Cameron Maybin
—-There was only one other home run in the entire NL.
It took 44 innings for there to be a home run in an NL baseball game in 2012.
Via ESPN’s Mark Simon, at one point five pitchers had seven innings pitched with less than two hits allowed–a modern-day first.
In the Cubs game, Ian Stewart hit a triple, and Joe Mather got thrown out at home, meaning the tying run couldn’t score. Cubs gonna Cub?
Jose Valverde blew a save.
–The Tigers still won.
Roy Halladay allowed hits to the first two batters he faced.
–And didn’t allow a hit after.
The Mets won. Actually, they have the best all-time record on Opening Day, so not so unpredictable except that they did so….
–With Johan Santana starting.
—And a 1-2-3 Frank Francisco ninth.
- The following pitchers got NDs or losses today:
Jon Lester – 7 IP, 1 R/ER
Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 0 R/ER
Justin Masterson – 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 10 K, 1 BB
Erik Bedard – 7 IP, 1 R/ER
Stephen Strasburg – 7 IP, 1 R/ER
Ryan Dempster – 7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 10 K, 3 BB