San Francisco Giants vs New York Yankees summary: stats, scores and highlights | MLB Opening Day
Yankees have picture perfect Opening Day, beating Giants 5-0
Yankees have picture perfect Opening Day, beating Giants 5-0
The pitching today was outstanding both ways today, with Gerritt Cole setting a new franchise record with 11 strikeouts, the most by any Yankee on Opening Day ever.
His counterpart for San Francisco, Logan Webb was every bit as good, matching Cole almost pitch for pitch, setting his own franchise strikeout record with 12.
The real difference came not on the mound but at the plate. Two big blasts by Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres accounting for the first three runs being the only blemishes on an otherwise solid start by Webb.
The Giants never could quite get their bats working and in the end, that was the true gap between these two teams today.
Another takeaway was Anthony Volpe. He had a so-so day with the bat, but he showed plate discipline and that the situation wasn't to big for him. He never got rattled and while he struck out once, he also worked a walk. Tack onto that a stolen base and the offensive debut of Volpe was a success.
But where he really shone was with the glove. He made some true big-league plays at short and covered a fair bit of ground out there. The Yankees have every reason to feel good about which direction he is headed in.
The new rules for this season didn't get involved in any of the play other than a single pitch clock violation in the ninth, which turned out to be inconsequential. There was one unpopular balk call, but when you look at the replay, it was the correct call.
The Giants were having trouble with their Pitch com system, with several pitchers complaining that they couldn't hear it. Whether that was some sort of workaround that they were trying out to get around the pitch timer or not remains to be seen, but plate umpire Laz Diaz was willing to accept it today and in the end there was no change to the outcome of the game because of it.
The Yankees got their season off on the right foot with a win at home in front of a sold-out crowd, and while it is too early in the season to make anything of it, that is certainly a good way to warm into summer.
Final score, Yankees 5, Giants 0
Webb's day was more unlucky than bad
Logan Webb gave up two dingers and that was the difference
Estrada gets in a hole and the 1-2 delivery catches the outside edge for a called strike three. That is it! The Yankee open the season with a perfect run, winning 5-0
Thairo Estrada now up and is the last hope for the Giants.
Davis fouls two off before watching a called strike three. Two down.
JD Davis comes up to the plate, a little too slow for Laz Diaz's taste and so gets going in a hole 0-1
Joc Pederson stands in now and works the count full with three foul balls before the payoff pitch misses to draw the walk.
Marinaccio stays on the mound for the Yankees and Estevan Florial takes over in center field, with Aaron Judge sliding over to right.
Wilmer Flores leads off for the Giants and works the count full with three foul balls before the payoff pitch is chopped to short. Volpe makes the throw to first to get the out. One away.
Oswaldo Cabrera comes to the plate and fouls off two before watching a called strike three to end the inning.
Gleyber Torres comes up and hits a well-struck fly ball to center field. Brett Wisely puts it away for the second out. Florial tags on the play and the throw to third is off line.
Josh Donaldson comes to the plate and grounds one back to the mound. Estevan Florial advances to second as Bart makes the play at first.
Estevan Florial will be brought on to run for Stanton.
Joey Bart will take over behind the plate, with Pérez pinch hit for last inning. Giancarlo Stanton leads off for the Yankees and rips the second pitch up the middle for a leadoff single.
The Giants will bring on Tyler Rogers to take over on the mound.
Marinaccio's delivery is chopped to first. Rizzo bobbles it, but recovers in plenty of time to flip it Marinaccio who was covering the bag for the third out.
Michael Conforto stands in now and gets in a hole 0-2 before working it back to 2-2.
LaMonte Wade pops one high, behind the plate and Trevino tracks it back to the wall, just by the net and makes the catch! Two down.
Marinaccio attacks the strike zone and Beatty fouls off five pitches before taking a big cut at a high fastball for strike three.
Matt Beaty will lead off for the Giants, pinch hitting for Roberto Perez.
The Yankees will now bring on Ron Marinaccio to take over from Jonathan Loaisiga on the mound.
Anthony Rizzo comes up and goes down swinging to end the inning. The Yankees tack on two more and as we head to the eighth, they lead the Giants by a score of 5-0
Aaron Judge heads to the box now and works the count 2-2. The next pitch jams him and he breaks his bat, popped into the little space behind short for a two-out single. Trevino scores from second and LeMahieu advances to third. So the Yankees make it 5-0 and have runners on the corners.
DJ LeMahieu pokes the first pitch through to left, his first hit today after three Ks. Torres scores from third, Trevino moves to second and the Yankees add one on, 4-0
Anthony Volpe comes up and runs the count to 2-2 before hacking through an inside fastball for strike three. Two down and the Giants infield goes back to their normal field positions.
Jose Trevino jumps on the first pitch and slaps it into left. Torres is held at third so runners at the corners with one out.
Cabrera swings at strike three as Torres goes. It was a low slider so Pérez had no chance to get him.
Brebbia picks to first. This year, the new rule is that he can only pick twice, so if he goes over the third time, he'll have to get the out or it is a balk.
Brebbia will now face Oswaldo Cabrera with a runner at first and nobody out.
The Giants will now tap John Brebbia to replace Logan Webb on the mound.
Gleyber Torres leads off for the Yankees here in the seventh and runs the count full before the payoff pitch misses outside for ball four. That is going to be it for Logan Webb, and he has had an outstanding day. He has matched Gerritt Cole almost pitch for pitch and were it not for the two home runs, this is a really tight game.
Villar watches a fastball strike before popping a high fly ball out to shallow center field. Aaron Judge puts it away to end the inning, so the Yankees escape with no damage done.
As the Giants send up David Villar to pinch hit for Blake Sabol, it looks like Aaron Boone is going to make a pitching change. Having faced his minimum three batters, Peralta will be replaced by Jonathan Loaisiga.
On the 2-2 delivery, Peralta delivers a peach of a fastball, running the bottom rail of the zone for a called strike three and Crawford goes down looking.
Peralta makes a pickoff move to first and homeplate umpire Laz Diaz calls the balk, sending Estrada to second base. Crawford now has a runner in scoring position.
Brandon Crawford now will see if he can do anything with that base runner with one out.
Thairo Estrada will come to the plate now and rips a line drive to the hole in right center field for a single.
The count runs to 3-2 and the payoff pitch catches the bottom edge of the zone to ring up Davis looking for the first out.
J. D. Davis is going to lead off for the Giants, pinch hitting for Mike Yastrzemski.
The Yankees will call on Wandy Peralta to replace a spectacular Gerrit Cole on the mound.
Josh Donaldson now stands in and gets rung up on a very marginal called strike three.
Giancarlo Stanton comes to the plate and gets in a hole before popping a high one just in foul territory behind first. Wade drifts over and pulls it in for the second out.
Anthony Rizzo will lead off here in the sixth and grounds a soft roller to second. Estrada hauls it in and makes the throw to Wade for the first out.
Joc Pederson comes to the plate and goes after high heat, fouling two of them into the catcher's mitt to end the inning. Another 1,2,3 inning for Gerritt Cole and the Yankees still lead 3-0
Wilmer Flores stands in now and works the count full. The payoff pitch gets grounded to short. Volpe fields it on the backhand and goes to second for one, on to first for the second. 6-4-3 double play.
Michael Conforto leads off and chops the first pitch to short and it hops over the glove of Volpe for a lead off single.
Aaron Judge now comes up and is going after low change ups. He works it to 2-2 but goes after another low change for strike three. A 1,2,3 inning for the Giants and we head to the sixth, San Francisco 0, New York 3
DJ LeMahieu comes to the plate now and he chases three straight pitches for strike. That is the third strikeout for him today.
Anthony Volpe leads off for the Yankees in the fifth and chops one to third. Flores makes the long throw across the diamond for out number one.
LaMonte Wade comes to the box and rips a broken bat steamer to Rizzo. He nabs it and steps on the bag to end the inning.
Catcher Roberto Pérez lays off the breaking pitches and slaps the first fastball that he sees into center field for a two-out single.
Blake Sabol jumps on the second pitch, grounding it hard to Anthony Rizzo's right. He pitches it to pitcher Gerrit Cole, covering the bag for the second out..
Brandon Crawford leads off and flies a lazy one out to left center. Oswaldo Cabrera gets under it for out number one.
Jose Trevino comes to the plate and watches a strike go by before finally getting the bat off his shoulder. He swings at a high and tight one, fouling it off, before getting all out of shape on a slider low and away for strike three.
Oswaldo Cabrera comes up and tries to follow that up, but in the end he can't. He goes after two sinkers and then whiffs at a pungent slider, low and away for strike three.
Gleyber Torres attacks the first pitch, taking it deep to right. Back, back, and gone! A two-run shot by Torres and the Yankees lead 3-0!
Josh Donaldson comes up and rips one to third that squirts through to left for a one-out single.
Giancarlo Stanton leads off and chops a slow roller to short. Crawford fields it and makes the throw to first for out number one.
Thairo Estrada jumps on the first pitch, hitting a sharp grounder to short. Volpe makes the throw to first, just in time for a stretching Anthony Rizzo to make the final out.
Mike Yastrzemski now at the plate and Cole gets unlucky on a 2-2 delivery with a 100mph four-seamer that was called a ball. It should have been a strike. But no matter, the payoff is a changeup that gets Yastrzemski swinging for out number two.
Joc works the count to 2-2 and takes a big cut at a slider for strike three.
Joc Pederson stands in now with a runner on first and this is the time for him to show some of that faith that the Giants have in him is not misplaced.
Wilmer Flores leads off for San Francisco now and after fouling the first pitch off Cole pitches all around the zone, walking Flores on five pitches. That is Cole's second walk of the day.
Anthony Rizzo stands in and pops a high one on the left side. Third baseman Wilmer Flores camps out under it and puts it away to end the inning. The Giants get out of trouble and we head to four, the Yankees still up 1-0
Aaron Judge now comes to the plate with a runner in scoring position. Webb stays low and away, getting one called and two swinging strikes. Two away.
DJ LeMahieu comes tot eh plate and Webb attacks the strike zone. All change and sinkers. On four pitches, he fouls two off and whiffs two for strike three.
On the last strike, Volpe takes off and steals second, getting in under a high throw.
Volpe shows a remarkable restraint, no nerves showing on him at all. The count works full, and he lays off the payoff pitch, low and away for ball four. So the young short stop that every Yankee fan is investing so much hope in leads off his big league career with a walk.
Anthony Volpe will lead off and this is his first ever big-league at-bat, and the lifelong Yankee fan gets to do it in pinstripes!
Micahel Conforto will try and get something going for the Giants and works a 2-2 before watching a middle-middle four-seamer for strike three.
LaMonte Wade comes to the plate now and tries a bunt, but it is foul. He works it to 2-2 before grounding a sharp one to second. LeMahieu fields it, flips it to Rizzo for out number two.
He fouls two off before getting a stunning slider that catches the bottom of the zone for a called strike three.
Cole will go to work on catcher Roberto Pérez to lead off the third.
Jose Trevino to the plate now and gets three perfect pitches to hit. Changeup, slider, sinker, all mid-cut and walking down the ladder. The bat never leaves his shoulder and he is called out on strikes to end the inning.
Oswaldo Cabrera comes up and works the count full, staying strong, not chasing. The payoff is a beauty of a cahngeup and Cabrera goes down swinging. Two gone
Gleyber Torres leads off in the bottom half of the inning and jumps on the first pitch, a low sinker, grounds it to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who made the throw to first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr for the out. One down.
Sabol now with two strikes on him and a runner in scoring position. He swings at strike three and the Yankees get out of trouble. The Giants strand one.
Another pitch and Estrada takes off. A good throw and good tag, but he gets in under it for a stolen base.
Blake Sabol comes to the plate and gets another high fastball for strike. Gerritt Cole is liking that elevated fastball today. Everything has been up in the zone or at the top of the zone.
Brandon Crawford will now stand in and goes after a couple of balls, one low and one high, fouling them off to get in a hole. Two balls even the count at 2-2 before he chases another high fastball for strike three.
Thairo Estrada comes to the plate and rips the second pitch, a middle-middle fastball up the middle for a singles to center field.
Mike Yastrzemski leads off for San Francisco in the second and he fouls off two fastballs before chasing a high one for out number one.
Josh Donaldson comes to the plate and gets short shrift, three pitches, three swings, three strikes, and the Yankees are all done in the first. But they jump out in front on an Aaron Judge home run.
Giancarlo Stanton stands in and fights the tough fight, fouling off five of those sick sinkers. But in the end, he chases one too many and goes down swinging.
Anthony Rizzo comes to the plate now and singles on a sharp line drive to left fielder Blake Sabol.
Aaron Judge comes up now and he only needs to look at one sinker to get his eye in. He attacks the second pitch and drives it deep to center field. Yazstremski drifts back, to the track, to the wall, and watches it fly out for a home run! Aaron Judge picks up 2023 exactly where 2022 left off! The Yankees lead 1-0
DJ LeMahieu will lead off for the Yankees and he faces that lethal sinker from Webb. 1,2,3 and LeMahieu strikes out swinging. One away.
Joc Pederson stands in and Cole is now more circumspect. The count works full before a low slider gets Joc swinging for strike three to end the inning. The Giants strand one and we head to the bottom half.
Wilmer Flores now at the plate and Cole's fastball is still working its magic. He gets ahead and throws a beautiful slider for a called strike three. two down.
Micahel Conforto stands in and Cole seems to have found his stride, laying three straight four-seamers in there for a strikeout. One down.
And we are off! LaMonte Wade leads off for the Giants and Gerritt Cole offers four straight four-seam fastballs, all missing high for a leadoff walk.
For the first time since 1968, every single team in the MLB is playing today. What a great way to start the season! It should be kept, no matter what.
Both teams are on the field and warming up. First pitch is just under 10 minutes away.
Can you feel it? It is almost time for baseball!
No matter what else is happening around the league, today's big story is Anthony Volpe. Whether you love the Yankees or hate them, there is no two ways about it: the short stop for the New York Yankees is the premier, marquee position in all of baseball.
Today begins a new era.
San Francisco Giants: RHP Logan Webb
Logan Webb will get the start for San Francisco for the second consecutive Opening Day. Webb finished last season with a 2.90 ERA and is known for having one of the best sinkers in the game. Look for lots of ground balls out of the Yankees, especially in the early going.
New York Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole
Gerrit Cole gets the nod for the fourth Opening Day start in a row for the Yankees. The 2022 season saw Cole throw for a 3.50 ERA while striking out 257 batters, the most in the league, to eclipse “Louisiana Lightning” Ron Guidry’s franchise record. Durable and precise, Cole can go deep into any game, throwing over 200 innings last season.
San Francisco Giants Lineup
LaMonte Wade Jr. 1B
Michael Conforto RF
Wilmer Flores 3B
Joc Pederson DH
Mike Yastrzemski CF
Thairo Estrada 2B
Brandon Crawford SS
Blake Sabol LF
Roberto Pérez C
New York Yankees Lineup
DJ LeMahieu 2B
Aaron Judge CF
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Gleyber Torres DH
Oswaldo Cabrera LF
Jose Trevino C
Anthony Volpe SS
The Yankees are stronger than ever and are looking forward to a competitive season. They managed to keep their talisman Aaron Judge in pinstripes, while also re-signing Anthony Rizzo and poaching starting pitcher Carlos Rodon from the Giants. There is genuine excitement over Anthony Volpe at short stop and the tentative vibe is that they feel that he could be a young Derek Jeter in the making.
The Giants have a much-improved lineup on last season’s roster which missed out on the playoffs by a late season collapse. In the off-season, the managed to pick up Michael Conforto and Mitch Haniger as well as re-signing Joc Pederson. Despite the heavy blow of losing Carlos Correa after concerns over his medical caused him to pull out of the deal, they have enough talent to make a run at the post season in 2023.
Both of these teams will want to get off on the right foot and make their case for a winning season. The Yankees are perennial powerhouses, but have been knocked out of the playoffs in three of the last five seasons by the Houston Astros. A few key moves are what the Yankees are hoping will set that right.
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