The MLB has been in action for about a week now, but for some teams, like the Orioles, couldn't have their Opening Day ceremony until this weekend. Opening Day in Baltimore has always been fun, and even more now since the team is a contender in the American League. I truly believe that the Orioles have the best fans in the MLB but unfortunately today they had to witness a 12-5 Oriole spanking in the home opener.
The Blue Jays didn't waste anytime, scoring 4 runs in the 1st inning, thanks to a couple of doubles from Dalton Pompey and Dioner Navarro. Bud Norris was the starter for the O's and it's safe to say that he had a terrible outing. Norris gave up 5 hits and 5 runs in his first three innings, finishing the game with a 24.00 ERA and 8 earned runs.
Brad Bach would come in to relieve Norris in the 4th inning after Norris loaded the bases but Pompey, Jose Bautista, and Josh Donaldson would drive in runs to give the Jays a 10-1 lead in the 4th inning.
Everyone on the starting lineup for the Jays either had a hit or RBI. Bautista, Pompey, and Donaldson all had a great day at the plate. Bautista went 3-3 with 2 RBIs, Pompey had 2 doubles and 2 RBIs, and Donaldson went 2-3 with 3 RBIs. This was Donaldson first appearance at Camden Yards since his altercation with Manny Machado last June. No altercations happened today, just good hitting.
The O's didn't have a bad hitting day just, just didn't capitalize off of their early opportunities. Adam Jones hit a home run in his first at-bat of the 2015 season to cut the Jays lead to 4-1. In the 2nd inning, the O's had the bases loaded with 2 outs but resulted in 0 Runs. Third inning, Chris Davis and Adam Jones were on first and third with 1 out but Delmon Young hit into a 6-4-3 double play that ended the inning. Those missed opportunities allowed the Jays to increase the lead and seal the game early.
Mark Buehrle started for the Jays, being credited with the win for his 6 inning, 8 hits, 2 earned runs performance. This was his 200th win of his career.
This was the first Opening Day loss for the O's under Buck Showalter, who was 4-0 coming into this game. Game 2 of the series will be Saturday evening at 7pm, if you are attending the game, be sure to dress warm, tthe forecast is calling for a chilly night, 37 degrees.