2022 MLB Opening Day scores, takeaways: Yankees, Tigers win in walk-offs; Padres loses another unsuccessful bid
Major League Baseball held its (second) opening day of the 2022 season on Friday. After 14 teams played their openers on Thursday, the other 16 teams in the league opened on Friday. The Yankees started their 2022 on the right foot on the court (after failing to reach an overtime deal with Aaron Judge), beating the Red Sox in 11 innings with Josh Donaldson hitting a single. The Phillies, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Giants and Rays also started their seasons with wins.
And for the second night in a row, the Diamondbacks were likely to go untouched. Padres left-hander Sean Manaea didn’t allow a hit against Arizona in seven innings, but David Peralta broke the no-hitter bid against reliever Tim Hill to start the eighth inning.
Here’s a look at Friday’s full scorecard:
MLB Opening Day Schedule, Scores
- FINAL (11): Yankees 6, Red Sox 5 (Score box)
- FINAL: Tigers 5, White Sox 4 (Box Score)
- FINAL: Phillies 9, A’s 5 (Box Score)
- FINAL: Rays 2, Orioles 1 (Box Score)
- FINAL: Dodgers 5, Rockies 3 (Box Score)
- FINAL: Mariners 2, Twins 1 (Box Score)
- FINAL (10): Giants 6, Marlins 5 (Score box)
- FINAL: Mets 7, Nationals 3 (Box Score)
- FINAL: Blue Jays 10, Rangers 8 (box score)
- FINAL: Braves 7, Reds 6 (Box Score)
- FINAL: Astros 13, Angels 6 (Box Score)
- FINAL: Padres 3, Diamondbacks 0 (Box Score)
And now for Friday’s takeaway action.
Padres flirts with another no-no
Padres left-hander Sean Manaea, acquired last weekend in a four-man trade from the Oakland Athletics, held the Diamondbacks without a hit for seven innings Friday night. Alas, Manaea’s replacement, reliever Tim Hill, gave up a single to David Peralta, or the first batter he faced in the eighth inning.
If Hill (and the rest of the Padres bullpen) had completed the no-no, it would have been the second in Padres franchise history. The first, coincidentally, was thrown last season by San Diego’s expected Saturday starter, right-hander Joe Musgrove. (Musgrove kept the Texas Rangers out of the hit column last April 9, almost a year to the day.)
The Padres had also kept the Diamondbacks out of the hitting column for more than six innings Thursday night before Arizona rallied and won on a Seth Beer home run.
Donaldson and the Yankees bail out Cole
It was not a good start to the opening day for Gerrit Cole. The Yankees ace and defending runner-up Cy Young gave up three runs to the rival Red Sox before recording a strikeout on Friday, including giving up a commanding two-run home run to Rafael Devers. Cole settled in and went four innings, and homers from Anthony Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu sent the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the 11th, new addition Josh Donaldson gave his team the win with a single ground ball down the middle, scoring the automatic runner from second. It was New York’s first Opening Day victory since 1957.
“The resilience of the team is going to lead to good things going forward,” Donaldson said after the game. “…To show some resilience and to fight and hang on – total team victory, the bullpen did a great job – hopefully that will lead to great things in the future.”
After Cole’s short start, seven Yankees relievers limited the Red Sox to two runs in seven innings, and one of them was the automatic runner in the 10th inning. Boston’s bullpen scored for three runs in five innings, and that was with Garrett Whitlock going through his first two innings without too much trouble.
Scherzer overshadowed by shoal clearing incident
Max Scherzer made his debut for the Mets on Friday, taking on his former club, the Nationals. Unfortunately, his departure may not be what people take away from the game.
In the fifth inning, Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor was hit in the helmet by a Steve Cishek pitch. Lindor fell and the benches and bullpen were cleared, with New York manager Buck Showalter among the most aggrieved Mets staff. Looked:
Lindor left the match while Cishek was sent off by the referees. It should be noted that Lindor was the fourth Mets player hit by a pitch already this series.
Scherzer did his part, by the way, getting off to a quality start by pitching six innings and allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. He also struck out six batters and threw 53 of his 80 pitches for strikes.
Rangers bomb Berríos, but Blue Jays come back
Before the lockout, the Blue Jays signed right-hander José Berríos for a . Things can only get better from here. On Friday, Rangers scored Berrios for four runs in his opening day start, and he recorded just one out. Six of the seven batters faced by Berríos reached base. This includes Brad Miller’s first home run.
I guess the good news is that Berríos didn’t have the worst opening day start in Blue Jays history. Mark Bomback holds this distinction. He allowed six runs and recorded just one out against the Brewers in 1982. Three years prior, Tom Underwood was charged with nine runs in just 1 2/3 innings on Opening Day. Toronto has had a few Opening Day stinkers in its history.
Still, the Blue Jays came back strong and took the lead in the sixth inning en route to a 10-8 victory.
This is the second straight season that Rangers have been involved in an opening day game in which a starter couldn’t get out of the first inning. Last year, Texas right-hander Kyle Gibson allowed five runs while recording just one out. It’s a lot more fun when you’re on the business side of the opening day beat.
Ray strong in the debut of M
Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray made his Mariners debut on Friday, months after signing a five-year, $115 million contract.
Ray was tasked with shutting down the Twins range, and he succeeded in doing so. In the process, he became the fourth Seattle pitcher in franchise history to pitch seven innings and allow a run or less on Opening Day. depending on the clubjoining a group that includes Félix Hernández (who did it five times during his illustrious career), Randy Johnson and Mike Moore.
Ray’s overall line saw him give up three hits and four walks. He also struck out five batters. He’s in line to make his next start next Wednesday on the road against the White Sox in what could be a potential playoff preview.
Phillies lineup lives up to the hype
The Phillies have spent a lot of money this offseason signing Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos in an effort to improve the roster around Bryce Harper. It’s too early to judge these moves, but they looked smart in their opener against Athletics.
Philadelphia had 11 hits and nine runs, including a handful against A starter Frankie Montas, during the day Friday afternoon. The Phillies’ top five hitters – Schwarber, JT Realmuto, Harper, Castellanos and Rhys Hoskins – combined for seven hits, six RBIs and four walks.
Schwarber even got some callback treatment after hitting a home run on his first at-bat in town:
The Phillies will continue their three-game streak with the Athletic on Saturday.
Day two of the MLB season saw three teams record straight wins, mimicking the Diamondbacks’ win from behind on opening night.
The Tigers edged the White Sox by a 3-0 margin heading into the sixth inning and were down two runs in the eighth. Detroit tied the game on a Miguel Cabrera single. The Tigers went on to win the game in the bottom of the ninth, with Eric Haase hitting a game-tying home run and Javier Báez memorably tackling the game-winning run after a hat-trick by new acquisition Austin Meadows.
We covered the Yankees in a different subtitle, but they eliminated the Red Sox in extras thanks to Josh Donaldson.
Then there was the Giants, who squandered a two-run lead in the ninth inning against the Marlins. San Francisco would force extras with a Thairo Estrada home run. Austin Slater then tagged Darin Ruf in the bottom of the 10th for the win.