Giants 10, Brewers 6: Hero-pilot Chesley Sullenberger threw out the first pitch. He had the best stuff out of anyone at AT&T Park yesterday, however, as Tim Lincecum became the third out of the last four Cy Young award winners — following Cliff Lee yesterday and CC Sabathia last year — to get rocked the following Opening Day. Well, maybe “rocked” is too strong a word, but it was a short outing. Jeff Suppan, on the other hand, was rocked (4 IP, 6 H, 6 ER). I spent most of last April riffing on the Giants’ inability to score runs and by the time I got tired of doing so I had built up a nice little archive of Giants-can’t-hit jokes. I hope this sort of game doesn’t continue for them, because I have a lot of material I need to use.
Red Sox 5, Rays 3: Josh Beckett mowed down the Rays (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 10K), showing a lot more velocity than he had in the ALCS last year. It’s the kind of thing that reminds you that health is as big a factor as anything else by the time you get to October. Everyone is hurt to some degree, and the team that is hurt less has the advantage. In other news, according to the game story “The Boston Pops took over the national anthem from singer Seal, who had been scheduled for Monday but couldn’t stick around.” What on Earth does Seal have on his schedule? He’s been free since basically 1994, right?
White Sox 4, Royals 2: Kyle Farnsworth gave up a late blast to Jim Thome despite having no business facing a lefty slugger like him. For a short and concise analysis of this, check out Neyer’s post about it. For an angry, 2,300 word screed about it, check out Rany’s. Remember back in the day when Rob used to be the more bitter of the two of them when it came to the Royals? Yeah, times change.
Marlins 8, Nationals 3: There’s going to be plenty of time to criticize the Nationals this year, so allow me to insert a compliment: the Nats’ bullpen threw five innings of shutout relief yesterday. Of course it followed an act of utter pitching malpractice by Scott Olsen (3 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3BB), but let’s look on the bright side, shall we? Also of note: a day after that long inside the park home run to deep center by Emilio Bonifacio, the game summary lists both Ronny Paulino — the catcher, mind you — and Bonifacio himself tripling to “deep center” in the third. Is this all grand coincidence, or does Lastings Milledge have a broken pelvis or something?
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 4: Brandon Lyon blows a decent Edwin Jackson start, coughing up three runs and the game in an inning of work. Bad night for him to be doing that. Due to some alcohol violations, booze sales were banned at Rogers Centre for the game, and you just know that Leyland could have used a belt of something strong to get through this one.
Braves 4, Phillies 0: The Braves bookend a couple of runs on cheap infield hits and errors with a blasts from Kelly Johnson and Chipper Jones, and because Philadelphia is apparently protesting deforestation or something and left their bats in Florida to start the year, it was enough to hold up.
Twins 6, Mariners 5: A three-run ninth inning rallied Minnesota past Seattle. It started when Brandon Morrow retired the first two Twins in the ninth, only to walk the bases full. Then Miguel Batista came in to contribute the remainder of the kerosene, giving up two straight singles to end it. In other words, five straight Twins reached safely with two outs in the ninth. Oy vey.
Cardinals 9, Pirates 3: Just another case of Albert bein’ Albert (2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB). It helped that Ian was bein’ Ian too (4 IP, 9 H, 8 R).
Padres 4, Dodgers 2: I’m not going to say this was an uneventful game, but the recap spends multiple paragraphs talking about Heath Bell’s save, despite the fact that there appears to have been no drama about it whatsoever.
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 0: Monday’s slugfest turns into Tuesday’s pitchers’ duel, as Ubaldo Jiminez shuts the Dbacks out over seven innings and Corpas and Street close the deal. Jiminez after the game: “I feel really good pitching out there,” Jimenez said of Chase Field. “The weather is nice, and I’m able to throw all my pitches. Here I can throw my curve a lot.” Sounds like a Coors complaint. I’m guessing the Rockies aren’t going to be able to lock Ubaldo up if they’re so inclined. UPDATE: OK, I missed this. Forget I said anything.
A’s 6, Angels 4: I’m not going to say the Angels are in trouble or anything, but a team that contends doesn’t have something called Dustin Moseley start their second game of the season. Three runs over six innings isn’t terrible or anything, but LAAoA is going to have some issues with the rotation as currently structured.
Astros 3, Cubs 2: I watched Monday’s opener and most of last night’s game before falling asleep on the friggin’ couch. Up until then, I was of the opinion that Rodriguez might never get another Major League hit, he looked so bad up there. But I’ll be damned, his tenth inning single ended up getting him on base for the winning run. Since I didn’t see it, I can only assume that five guys fell down trying to field a slow dribbler or something.