April has arrived and so has baseball. The Chicago Cubs took the nation on a thrilling ride to the World Series to become the World Champions, and that has left America restlessly waiting for baseball to return. Last season was special not only in part of the Cubs winning, but it was the 2nd highest home run scoring season in history. Big hits in big moments make all the difference. This season will offer more of the same excitement that was enjoyed last season.
Yesterday the season went underway for 2017 and baseball picked up the excitement where it left off at the World Series. Famed pitcher for the San Francisco Giants hit 2 home runs in his Opening Day start but the Giants new closer couldn’t record the save and gave up a pair of runs to let the Arizona Diamondbacks win on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 9th inning.
Another nail biter game was the Chicago Cubs playing their rival the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals have Center Fielder Dexter Fower who played with the Cubs last season and was an integral part of their World Series run. It was Fowler who scored the first run of the game. In the top of the 9th inning the Cubs are down 3-0 and after a St. Louis pitching change, Javier Baez smacked a 3-run homer to tie the game. The Cardinals rallied back and had a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 9th to win their game against the Cubs.
The last game yesterday featured the New York Yankees playing the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays started the game with a 3-0 lead and never relinquished it for a 7-3 victory. Evan Longoria for Tampa Bay hit a home run to contribute to the lead and Longoria looks like he’s going to be stellar this year.
Major League Baseball’s Opening Day continues today with these game:
Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals
Atlanta Braves v. New York Mets
Pittsburgh Pirates v. Boston Red Sox
Colorado Rockies v. Milwaukee Brewers
Toronto Blue Jays v. Baltimore Orioles
San Diego Padres v. Los Angeles Dodgers
Philadelphia Phillies v. Cincinnati Reds
Detroit Tigers v. Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals v. Minnesota Twins
Cleveland Indians v. Texas Rangers
Seattle Mariners v. Houston Astros
Los Angeles Angels v. Oakland Athletics