Voit Powers Yanks to Opening Day Victory
By: Joe LoGrippo
The New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 on Thursday to notch their first win of the 2019 season.
Masahiro Tanaka started the game for the Yanks and Andrew Cashner started for the O’s. Tanaka had no problems with Baltimore’s offense as he pitched 5.2 innings, giving up just 1 run with 5 strikeouts. On the other hand, Cashner had a problem with the Bombers. After Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both singled, in came Luke Voit. For those of you who don’t know, Voit was acquired late last year from the Cardinals as an AAAA type player. His numbers in St. Louis were nothing special, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman saw something in Voit that no one else did. Playing just 39 games in pinstripes last year, Luke Voit hit .333 with 14 homers and an OPS of 1.095. So in his first at-bat of the new season, he decided to pick up right where he left off. A 3-1 slider from Cashner was belted into Monument Park to put the Yanks up 3-0 in the first inning.
In the third inning, 2018 runner-up rookie of the year, Miguel Andújar was greeted to the plate with the bases loaded. He ended up grounding into a double play, but drove in a run in the meantime.
Later, in the forth inning, Rio Ruiz got the Orioles on the board with a single into center driving in Trey Mancini from second.
Luke Voit collected his fourth RBI of the game in the bottom of the fifth after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Miguel Andújar then drove in Aaron Judge on a sacrifice fly, driving in his second RBI on the day.
Before Tanaka was able to get out of the sixth, Trey Mancini tagged a double that drove in Dwight Smith to inch closer and make it 6-2 New York. Aaron Boone decided that was all for his starter as he brought in Adam Ottavino to make his first appearance as a Yankee. “Otto” breezed through the four batters he faced as he struck out three of them.
Greg Bird would pad the Yanks lead in the eighth as he lifted a hanging slider into the Yankee bullpen putting New York ahead 7-2. Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman handled the final two innings to secure the win.
The Yankees have a day off tomorrow and will resume play on Saturday, March 30 as James Paxton will debut for New York in his new uniform. Nate Karns will take the hill for Baltimore. First pitch will be at 1:05 PM.