In this early season matchup between the two powerhouses from the NL west, the Dodgers jumped out to a commanding 4-0 lead over the Giants. However, the Giants scored 7 unanswered runs in the 5th and 6th inning to put them ahead. Hunter Pence put the game away with a dramatic grand-slam in the bottom of the 8th that put the Giants up by 6. 18 runs were scored in this thrilling 12-6 Giants win.
Madison Bumgarner homered off of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw to give the Giants an early lead, but Kershaw settled down and pitched 8 solid innings. The Dodgers entered the 9th down 1 run, and tied the game on an RBI groundout by Adrian Gonzalez in this inning. The game went to extras, and Charlie Culberson hit a go-ahead double that proved to be the winning hit in the Dodger’s come-from-behind victory.
Trevor Story, the Rockie’s heralded rookie, entered the MLB in style by hitting two home runs in his first career game. He led the Rockies to a 10-5 win in this Opening Day game, and went on to continue his incredible hitting throughout the first few weeks of his career.
The Diamondbacks came back from 4 runs down to tie the game in the 8th. However, the Giants took back the lead on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 8th, and were one strike away from a win with a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the 9th. With two strikes and two outs, DBacks third baseman Jake Lamb hit a game-tying home run over the right field wall to force extra innings. In extras, the Diamondbacks scored 2 in the 11th to take this one, 9-7.
A two-run go-ahead home run by Dodgers OF Justin Turner gave Los Angeles a one run lead in the 8th inning. In the 9th, the Padres’ chances to win looked bleak when lights-out closer Kenley Jansen came out of the bullpen with intentions to shut the door. However, with one on and nobody out, Padres OF Melvin Upton Jr. hit an incredible walk-off home run to center field, sending all of the Padres fans home happy.
Two of the National League powerhouses squared of in a thriller on May 8th. The Cubs’ strategy to walk Bryce Harper worked magnificently, as he was walked 6 times and intentionally walked once in 7 at-bats, but scored merely 1 run. Harper tied the record for most walks in a single game. After 12.5 long innings of baseball, the game was still tied at 3. In the bottom of the 13th, Javier Baez came up to the plate and crushed a walk-off home run into the left field bleachers for the Cubs, and finally ended the ballgame. The Cubs were triumphant, 4-3.
The Pirates took an 8-4 lead into the 8th inning, and looked well on their way to a victory. Nevertheless, the DBacks stormed back and tied it on a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt in the 9th, his second home run of the game. In extras, the Pirates scored 2 runs in the top of the 12th to take another lead. However, the resilient Diamondbacks came back again, matching the Pirates with 2 runs in the bottom of the 12th and tying the ballgame again. Finally, the Pirates jumped ahead again on a Sean Rodriguez double in the 13th, and shut the door once and for all in the bottom of the inning. Final Score: Pirates 12, Diamondbacks 10.
Jeff Locke and Adam Wainwright both notched quality starts for their respective teams and kept the game close in the late innings. In the 9th, Starling Marte hit a game-tying RBI double for the Pirates with 2 outs and 2 strikes. However, Matt Carpenter responded in the bottom of the inning with a dramatic two-run walk-off home run off of Corey Schugel that gave the Cardinals the win, 6-4.
Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson threw 6 solid innings on the mound, and the Brewers bullpen closed the game out with 3 scoreless frames in this tight 3-2 victory for the Brew Crew. Milwaukee hitters had very patient approaches throughout the game. They drew 6 walks against Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, which proved to be the difference in a one-run ballgame that was close throughout.
In Tim Adleman’s debut, he pitched 6 solid innings for the Reds, giving up two runs and leaving the game with the lead. The Pirates came back and tied it on a Jon Jaso home run in the 9th inning, and the game went to extra innings. In the 11th inning, Scott Schebler hit his second RBI double of the game for the reds. This double won the game for the Reds, and finally snapped their 6-game losing streak.
This Opening Day game was never more than a one run game, and was tied after 9 innings. In the 10th, Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead RBI double to give the Nats the lead, and ultimately their first win of the season, 4-3. Murphy had an excellent debut for the Nationals, hitting a home run and a sac-fly along with his game-winning double.
The Mets took the lead on a David Wright home run in the 1st and never let this lead go. Phenom pitcher Steven Matz threw an unbelievable game, shutting down the Nats through 8 scoreless innings of work with 7 strikeouts. Familia closed the shutout in the 9th, and the Mets were victorious in D.C., 2-0.
Giancarlo Stanton and Hunter Pence traded home runs in this tight, hard-fought, back and forth battle that was tied going into the 8th inning. In the 8th, with Josh Osich on the mound for the Giants, J.T. Realmuto whacked a go-ahead solo shot left-center field that gave the Marlins a 5-4 lead, which the Marlins held onto for the rest of the game.
The Phillies made a tremendous comeback from three runs down to take the lead in the 7th, only to have it taken away from them again in the bottom of the inning, as the Marlins took the lead on a Sac-Fly by Justin Bour. However, Andres Blanco, a defensive replacement, hit a go-ahead RBI double in a two-run eighth for the Phillies. Philadelphia held on to their one-run lead and won the game, 6-5.
The struggling Braves faced a tall task on Sunday, May 1, playing against the scorching hot 17-5 Cubs at Wrigley Field. They seemed up to the task early on, scoring the first 3 runs of the ballgame in the 5th and 6th innings. The Braves’ starting pitcher, Julio Teheran, pitched 7 masterful shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits. However, when the bullpen took over the game for the Braves in the 8th inning, they stood no chance against a motivated, formidable Cubs lineup. The Cubs scored 3 runs in the 8th and 9th innings to send the game into extras. In the 10th, Nick Markakis hit a clutch go-ahead Sacrifice Fly for the Braves which proved to be the winning hit. The Cubs and their fans left the stadium stunned after this tremendous upset.
During the opening week of the season, the Twins and Orioles squared off at Camden Yards. The teams traded off two run innings in the middle innings, and the game headed into the bottom of the 9th tied at two. With a runner on third and two outs in the 9th, a Matt Wieters single brought home the winning run for the O’s.
Down 7-2 after 5 innings against their divisional rival, Boston’s hopes looked bleak. But that changed in an instant, as Brock Holt’s grand slam cut the lead to one in the top of the 6th, and David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez singles in the top of the 7th gave the Red Sox an 8-7 lead that they never relinquished.
This high-scoring affair with 19 runs between the two clubs was headed to the 9th tied at 9 apiece. The Red Sox thought they had won it on a David Ortiz dinger in the top of the 9th, but Russell Martin and Devon Travis had RBI hits in the bottom of the 9th to give the Blue Jays an exciting victory.
Playing against their longtime nemesis, the Yankees found themselves in a bases-loaded jam in the 9th with only one out, up a run. But with a pair of clutch strikeouts by closer Andrew Miller (and an entertaining David Ortiz ejection) the Yankees came out of the game victorious.
In an enticing pitching battle featuring 20 combined strikeouts, the bats were the deciding factor as the Rays and Jays went into the bottom of the eighth knotted at one. The score didn’t stay tied for too long, as Logan Forsythe hit a 2-run homer to give the Rays the lead. The Blue Jays didn’t give up, as they loaded the bases with one out in the top of the 9th. Edwin Encarnacion bounced a ground ball to third, which was fielded cleanly by Evan Longoria but then thrown away by the second baseman, Logan Forsythe. Two runs scored and the Blue Jays took the lead on the play. However, the call on the field was challenged by the Rays, and the umpires ruled that Bautista had interfered with Forsythe by grabbing his leg. This ruling gave the Rays a double play, and ended the game with the Rays victorious 3-2.
Down 4-2 in the with two outs bottom of the 8th, the Indians’ chances looked grim. But a Tyler Naquin single cut the deficit in half, and the Indians headed into the bottom of the 9th down one. Francisco Lindor’s clutch triple drove in the tying run in this 9th inning, and Mike Napoli followed up with a sacrifice fly to end the game in walk-off fashion for the Indians.
This game featured many lead changes, and the victory hung in the balance. The Royals built a 3-1 lead after 3 innings. The Nationals came back and dominated the middle innings for a 6-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the 8th. The Royals cut the lead to 6-4 in this inning. In the bottom of the 9th, the Royals scored 3 runs, capped off by a Lorenzo Cain single on an 0-2 count with 2 outs to send Royals fans home with an improbable walk-off win.
This game looked to be a blowout Tigers victory, as they were up 5-0 after 5 innings. The Marlins were able to cut the lead to just one in the bottom of the 8th, but two Detroit runs in the top of the 9th gave them a 7-4 lead. Nonetheless, the Marlins came back again, scoring three in the bottom of the 9th to send the game to extras. The comeback was all for naught, however, as an Ian Kinsler single in the top of the 11th handed Detroit the victory.
With a combined seven runs over the last three innings this matchup ended in thrilling fashion. Down two after 6, the White Sox scored 4 runs in the 7th and 8th innings to take a two run lead. The Orioles persisted however, and tied the game in the bottom of the 8th on a two run Chris Davis double. The White Sox punched back and got the last laugh in the 9th, as Jose Abreu singled in the winning run to put the game away.
This game featured five homers, but that’s not why most will remember this game. They’ll remember it for the incredible last play. The Mariners had runners on 1st and 3rd with one out and only down one run. After a semi-wild pitch, the Mariners’ Kyle Seager took off from first in the hopes of at least distracting the Twins enough to let the runner from 3rd base score,. But second baseman Brian Dozier gunned down Shawn O’Malley as he tried to return to third, and third baseman Eduardo Nunez fired to second to get Seager, and the game ended in that wild fashion.
If you happened to turn on this game during the 6th and 7th innings, you were in luck, because there were 10 runs scored during that span. The Blue Jays scored four runs in the top of the 6th, with three of those coming home on Jose Bautista’s bases-loaded double. The Rangers returned the favor with their own four-run bottom of the 7th, as Ian Desmond’s three-run bomb gave the Rangers a 7-6 lead. But most people of the sports world will remember this game from the massive brawl in the bottom of the 8th, featuring the Rangers’ Rougned Odor’s now-viral haymaker on the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista. The Rangers ultimately held onto to the lead they earned in the bottom of the 7th, but took a massive blow with the harsh suspensions handed down to many of their players after the game.
In an early-season matchup, Robinson Cano started this game against his former team the same way he ended it- with a home run. Cano’s two-run homer in the 1st and a Leonys Martin solo shot in the 2nd helped the Mariners to an early 3-0 advantage. The Rangers turned the game around, led by a Prince Fielder three-run homer to give them a 5-4 lead late in the game. In the 9th inning, the Mariners exploded. Martin and Cano came through again, as Martin’s RBI double and another Cano two-run shot, as well as a Kyle Seager two-run single, helped the Mariners to a 9-5 win.
This divisional matchup was exciting throughout, and the score remained deadlocked into In the top of the 13th, with the score tied at 5, Astros phenom Carlos Correa drove a changeup to left center to give the Astros a three run lead. The Angels wouldn’t go any quietly, and a wild pitch cut the score to 8-6 with the tying run at the plate. But with the count 3-2, Johnny Giavotella swung and missed, and the Astros took the victory.
The Mariners jumped out to a 5-1 lead after 6, aided by a Ketel Marte bases-loaded triple. Two runs for the Angels in the top of the 7th gave them more hope, but a Chris Iannetta homer for the Mariners damaged those hopes, and the score stood 6-3 after 7. RBIs by CJ Cron and Jeffrey Marte (no relation to Ketel Marte) for the Angels cut the lead to 6-5 in the top of the 8th, and Cron collected two more RBI’s in the top of the 9th on a bases-loaded single, which gave them the final 8-7 edge.
If you like home runs (as most people do), then this was the game for you. The two sides combined for seven homers throughout the game. Perhaps the bigger story was A’s left fielder Khris Davis having the game of his life, hitting three dingers and driving in 6 runs. One of those homers, and four of those RBIs, came on the last pitch of the game, as Davis’ two-out grand slam finished off the game in remarkable fashion, and capped off Davis’ incredible performance in the walk-off win.