SABLE/GERBL Day one Washington’s Wet Win, Texas One comeback two few, Rivertown roars back. Boston cooks Muffen Men

Washington 4 LA 0

Thanks to torrential rains DC baseball fans had to wait an extra day for the Senators to open in Griffith Stadium but it proved worth the wait as the Senators blanked the Dodgers 4-0 behind 8 2/3 of 5 hit ball by Marco Gonzalez (1-0).

For 3 1/2 Innings Gonzalez and Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (0-1) held their opponents to a single hit until with one out Josh Reddick hit a ball that would be out in most parks, but ended up over the head of center-fielder Bellinger putting him on third opening the floodgates. Anthony Rendon followed with a double scoring Reddick, Trevor Story with a single scoring Rendon and Jesus Aguilar with another double making it 3-0.

Kershaw was on the ropes managing to get out of the inning despite but hitting Starling Marte and Martin Maldonado to load the bases but ran into more trouble in the 5th as DJ LeMahiew led off with a double and scored on two ground outs to make it 4-0 before Erik Goeddel relieved Kershaw in the sixth throwing 2 2/3 shutout innings. That was more than Gonzalez would need as the two hits he gave up before the ninth would both be erased by double plays

In the ninth the Dodgers started a rally. Austin Barnes pinch hit double led off the inning. When Gonzalez struck out Daivd Freese and Kike Hernandez it looked like he would complete the shutout, but Manny Machado singled to left prompting Mgr Ingemi to bring in Jeurys Familia (S1). He promptly loaded the bases with a walk to Matt Kemp putting the tying run at the plate before inducing Max Muncy to ground to first to end it.

Notes: The two staffs K’s a combined 21 batters, Washington victory came despite a dismal 2-10 with running in scoring postilion, Gonzalez faced only 30 batters in 8 2/3 innings


Yankees 9 Texas Thunder 8 (13 inn)

The New York Yankees survived a five walk ninth and two late comebacks to spoil the Texas’ home opener by a score of 9-8 in 13 innings.

Things started well for the home town Thunder as they managed two runs off Luis Severino in the 1st on a Johan Camargo double and a fielders choice but the Yanks struck back at Corey Kluber with a 3rd inning double by Gleyber Torres, a Solo shot in the 4th by Neil Walker and a three run shot by Didi Gregorius capping a 4 run fifth to give them a 6-2 lead.

Texas managed a single run in the 6th to make it 6-3 and chased Severino in the 8th when a Mike Trout single made it 6-4 putting the tying run at the plate and nobody out. Delin Betances came in and despite a walk to Freddie Freeman retired the next three Thunder preserving the lead into the 9th. The Yanks squandered a lead off triple in the top of the 9th but with Aroldis Chapman (B1) came in to close out the game with a two run lead it looked like it was all over.

It wasn’t.

Texas brought in three consecutive pinch hitters and Chapman walked them all. After a strikeout of Johan Camargo Mike Trout came to the plate drawing Chapman’s 4th walk making it a one run game. Freddy Freeman’s fly to center wasn’t deep enough to tie it but Nolan Arenado drove in the tying run without swinging letting ball four go by before Chapman finally managed to induce a swing and miss from Javier Baez to send the game into extras.

It remained 6-6 till the top of the 11th when Aaron Judge hit a two run shot with two outs off of Felipe Vazquez making it 8-6 but Texas answered as Mike Trout hit his own two run shot with nobody out to tie it back up. Texas almost won it as Freddie Freeman singled and got to 2nd base on a grounder with one out but after an intentional walk David Robertson (1-0) made up for his gopher by coaxing a double play ball from Franciso Lindor to end the inning 11th and as an encore left the winning run on 3rd in the twelfth with the bases loaded.

Keone Kela was not as lucky as Aaron Judge’s grounder to 2nd with two outs and was turned into the game winning run when Javier Baez hurried a throw to first in a vain effort to end the 13th. The throw went wild scoring Adeiny Hechavarria and giving the Yanks a lead they would hold in the end

Notes. Chad Green (s1) faced one batter in the 13 for the save. David Robinson win came despite giving up 5 hits and 3 walks in 3 inning of work. While Texas relievers Carrasco and Iglesias combined for 5 inning of 2 hit ball Texas was doomed by a 2-13 performance with runners in scoring position. Mike Trout and Aaron Hicks both drove in 4 runs. Judge’s 13th inning grounder was judged an infield single plus an error. It will be Zach Greinke for Texas vs JA Happ tomorrow.


Rivertown 4 Vikings 2

A pitchers duel came down to a pair of closers, one who could hold lead and one who could not as the Rivertown raiders spoiled the Home opener of King Ragnar’s vikings with a 4-2 comeback win at Fenway Park

Rivertown struck 1st off of Jacob DeGrom (8+ ip 2 ER) with a solo shot by Paul Goldschmidt into the Monster seats for a 1-0 lead and that stood up till the 6th as DeGrom pitched around two errors and a hit batsmen to keep it close.

Chris Sale (1-0) wasn’t as lucky as a Error by Paul DeJong in the 6th was followed by a 2nd ball into the monster seats of the day this one by Whit Merrifield making it 2-1 but like deGrom, Sale rallied and the score remained the same till the 9th.

DeGrom started the 9th giving up a single to Jose Ramirez and was promptly pulled for closer Blake Treimen (L 0-1 B1) who gave up in order a bunt single to Trea Turner, a balk and a walk to Nelson Cruz to load the bases with no outs setting up Matt Carpenter’s who flew deep enough to center to not only tie the game but move Turner and Cruz to 2nd and 3rd.

For a moment it looked as the game would remain tied as Mike Zunino’s ground out was unable to move the runners but Pinch Hitter Marcell Ozuma singled to right scoring Turner and Cruz to make it 4-2.

Now it was Edwin Diaz (S1) turn to try to keep a lead and he demonstrated how power pitching is done striking out Anthony Rizzo looking and Eduardo Escobar and Juan Soto swinging to sink the Vikings ship.

Notes: Rivertown and the Vikings combined for 4 errors. Chris Sale struck out 12 in a winning effort. Rivertown went 2-8 with runners in scoring position while not a single Viking made it to scoring position during this game the closest thing to it was Whit Merrifield who was caught stealing after a single in the 6th.


Boston 9 Muffen Men 6

Rhys Hopkins drove in Five runs including a Grand Slam in the 2nd and Justin Verlander (W 1-0) pitched into the 8th as Boston defeated the Juneau Muffen Men 9 to 6 at their home opener at Safeco field.

It looked at like the game would be over quick for the Muffen men. Their troubles began for the Muffen men almost at once as German Marquez (L 0-1) allowed the 1st four men he faced to reach with JD Martinez singling home Jose Altuve who walked to start the game for the 1st run. A fielders choice by Alex Bergman and a groundout from Rhys Hopkins accouted for two more runs and the 1st two outs then Ronald Acuna singled driving in Bregman. Boston’s lead was 4-0 but Marquez troubles were just beginning.

In the second things got out of hand, with one out Ben Zorbrist & Martinez singled and Christian Yelech walked to load the bases. For a moment it looked like Marquez would get out of the inning as Bregman popped up but Hopkins drilled a pitch 485 feet into the stands in right center and Boston was up 8-0.

Despite the hole the Muffen men fought back gamely scoring a single run in the 2nd which was immediately answered by Boston in the 3rd, and pushed across another in the 6th making it 9-2. But it was the 8th inning that changed a rout into a game.

Mookie Betts led off with a double and moved to 3rd on a ground out after Shohei Ohtani walked Andrelton flew to center to score Bettis to make it 9-3.

They weren’t done yet, Matt Chapman doubled to score Ohtani and reached 3rd on the throw and when Scooter Gennett greeted new Boston pitcher Brandon Morrow with a double scoring Chapman it was 9-5.

Then came the 9th.

With two outs and joey Votto on first Brice Harper and Ohtani singled off Morrow loading the bases and bringing the tying run to the plate in Mike Moustakas hitting for Andrelton Simmons. He worked a walk making it 9-6 putting the tying run on 1st and the winning run at the plate and for a moment it seemed it would be Boston and not the Muffens that would be burned, but manager LaFlam stuck with Morrow and he rewarded that faith with a strikeout of Matt Chapman to preserve the win that almost wasn’t.

Notes: Despite giving up 9 earned runs in three Innings German Marquez remained in the game and managed to shut down Boston for 5 innings striking out 10 to keep his team a chance. Shohei Ohtani in his debut as DH went 2-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Hopkins 5 RBI are the most of any player on this opening day. It will be Mike Foltynewitz for the Muffen Men facing Boston’s Blake Snell in the series finale tomorrow.