Mark Trumbo provides walk-off heroics for Orioles on opening day

By Alec Brzezinski 4 April 2017
Mark Trumbo provides walk-off heroics for Orioles on opening day

The 2017 MLB season is two days old and there's already a hero.

Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th inning, the Orioles sent Mark Trumbo to the plate to try and break the deadlock. Trumbo did just that, sending a moonshot 380 feet into left-center field.

After American League wild card devastation last year against the Blue Jays, Baltimore began 2017 with a bit of redemption — though it would gladly switch wins — by beating Toronto 3-2 in 11 innings. Trumbo finished the game 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs.

Kevin Gausman drew the opening day start for Baltimore, and he gave up just two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Gausman struck out four batters, but also issued four walks.

Trumbo stole all the glory, but Orioles third baseman Manny Machado may have made the play of the game.

A third Gold Glove award could be in his near future.

Studs of the night

Mark Reynolds helped ease the Rockies' pain over losing Ian Desmond to a spring training injury. The veteran first baseman led Colorado to a 7-5 win over the Brewers by collecting two hits, two runs scored, a home run, three RBIs and a walk.

On a day featuring numerous aces, Ervin Santana (1-0) turned in one of the best pitching performances. The Twins star tossed seven innings, allowing just two hits and one run. Santana struck out three batters while helping Minnesota beat the Royals, 7-1.

Santana became the first starting pitcher in Twins franchise history to throw seven-plus innings while allowing two or fewer hits on opening day since Walter Johnson in 1915.

Duds of the night

Braves bullpen: After Julio Teheran spun six shutout innings, allowing just four hits with six strikeouts, Atlanta's bullpen blew the game open. Ian Krol, Chaz Roe and Eric O'Flaherty combined to allow six earned runs in two-thirds of an inning to sink the Braves 6-0 against Noah Syndergaard, who tossed six shootout innings with seven strikeouts, and the Mets.

Highlight

Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson hit a grand slam during an absolute rout of the Padres.

Los Angeles ultimately won 14-3 while Clayton Kershaw (1-0) gave up just two runs (one earned) with eight strikeouts in seven innings to start his season.

What's next

Tigers (0-0) at White Sox (0-0), 2:10 p.m. ET — This game was scheduled for Monday, but rain forced a postponement. Justin Verlander will still face off against Jose Quintana at Guaranteed Rate Field. Having watched every other team kick off their 2017 season, both the Tigers and White Sox should be anxious to play. Unfortunately, rain is in the forecast all week.

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