The Baltimore Orioles took four of five from their AL East rivals to open the 2017 baseball season much to the delight of the home crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The season-opening home stand went well as Baltimore started the season by taking two from Toronto and then came right back and took two of three from New York. They began the season 4-0 and did not threaten last year’s 7-0 start, but are now 4-1 good for first place in the AL East.
Baltimore won the first game of the New York series 6-5. Down 5-1 in the fifth, third baseman Manny Machado launched a three-run homer and Oriole newcomer Seth Smith smacked a two-run bomb in the seventh to complete the rally.
Closer Zach Britton came in and earned his second save of the season. Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed seven hits and five runs while striking out five in 4.1 innings of work.
The bullpen was outstanding shutting out the Yankees while recording five strikeouts.
In the middle game of the series, a 5-4 Orioles victory, the Birds rallied once again. Down 4-1, they scored two in the fifth, tie it at 4-4 on Mark Trumbo’s RBI single and take the lead in the seventh, when, of all people, Trumbo stole second. He was brought in with the winning run on a seventh inning single by Hyun Soo Kim.
Starter Kevin Gausman, who started on Opening Day when Oriole’s ace Chris Tillman started the season on the DL with a shoulder injury, allowed eight hits and four runs while striking out four and walking three in 4.2 innings of work.
The bullpen again came to the rescue, shutting out the Bronx Bombers while striking out four.
In the final game of the three game series, the Orioles were all set to become the only 5-0 team in baseball but New York had other ideas. This time it was the Yankess who rallied, down 3-0 and it was the Baltimore bullpen that could not get it done as the Orioles lost 7-3.
Baltimore starter Wade Miley walked seven struck out five and allowed one run in five innings of work.
Trumbo, who leads the team with five RBI went two for three with one RBI.
In the Opening Day game, Trumbo hit a walk off home run in the 11th innings to give Baltimore a thrilling 3-2 win.
In the second Blue Jay game, a 3-1 Birds victory, Adam Jones hit a two-run homer and Chris Davis hit a solo shot and that was all starter Dylan Bund (1-0)needed.
He struck out eight allowed four hits and one run in seven innings of work. Reliever Brad Brach was dominate in the eighth with two strikeouts and Britton came in to earn his first save of the season.