Yankees Cruise to Opening Day Victory

The 2019 season could not have started much better for the Yanks. It was a beautiful day in the Bronx, the weather was perfect, the Yankees were back, and they had the perfect opponent in front of them; the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles lost 115 games last season, and it appears that they will reach that mark once again this season. The Yanks made the most of this, and were clicking all day, as they win the first game of the year by the score of 7-2. 

The Yankees set the tone in the first inning, as Judge and Stanton both got base hits, to set up the clean up hitter Luke Voit. Voit was a great story last year, but there were no guarantees that Voit would continue to be that guy. Well, Voit showed that he’s still the guy, as he blasted a three-run home run into Monument Park, to give the Yankees an early 3-0 lead.

Photo Credit: AP Seth Wenig

The Yankees would push across a few more runs in the middle innings as Andujar grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, and Voit getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. It was a great sign to see the middle of the lineup being so productive and so selective, getting on base consistently.  In the 8th, Greg Bird stepped to the plate with a strikeout in each 0f his three at bats, and finally managed to put a ball in play - and out - as he pushed the Yankee lead to 7-2.

Tanaka had himself a very nice Opening Day start, going into the sixth inning while only allowing one earned run. He was especially in control early on, making easy work of a mostly inept Baltimore lineup. Tanaka was relieved with two outs in the sixth, as Adam Ottavino was the first Yankee to come out of the bullpen this year, and he did not disappoint.

Ottavino faced four batters and struck out three of them, including one with a filthy backdoor slider that froze Davis. Ottavino was followed up by Zack Britton who despite giving up a couple of base runners, worked a clean eighth and handed it over to Chapman in the ninth, who shut the door and brought the Yanks the victory. 

Photo Credit: AP Seth Wenig

The Yankees are off tomorrow but are back in action on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 PM ET, as James Paxton will make his Yankees debut.

Winning Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 1.59); 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K
Losing Pitcher: Andrew Cashner (0-1, 13.50); 4.0 IP, 6 H,  6 R, 4 BB, 3 K
     Aaron Judge: 2-3, 3 R, 2 BB
     Luke Voit: 1-1, HR (1), 4 RBI, 2 BB
     Giancarlo Stanton: 1-3, 2 BB


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