MLB Friday scores, highlights, updates, news: Harper's Opening Day homer streak ends
Now that all the pomp and circumstance of Opening Day is out of the way, we can get back in to the groove of day-in, day-out baseball. The beautiful grind of the 162-game season. Here is everything you need to about from the world of baseball Friday.
Harper’s Opening Day homer streak ends
For the first time since 2014 and only the second time in six career Opening Days, Bryce Harper did not hit a home run Friday, in his team’s season-opener. (The Nationals and Reds were rained out Thursday, pushing Opening Day back to Friday.) Harper’s three-year Opening Day home run steak was the longest active streak in baseball.
Harper did have a productive day at the plate, however, going 2 for 3 with a walk in his team’s 2-0 win. He did it while rocking a pair of Louis Vuitton x Supreme cleats.
In six career Opening Days, Harper has gone 9 for 21 (.429) with five home runs, five walks, and four strikeouts. He’s reached base multiple times in every Opening Day game he’s played.
Tigers have walk-off win overturned
After getting rained out Thursday, the Tigers and Pirates played a wild back-and-forth Opening Day game at Comerica Park on Friday afternoon. Pirates closer Felipe Rivero blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning, then, in the tenth, JaCoby Jones hit was sure appeared to be a walk-off single to left. Nicholas Castellanos slid in ahead of the tag at the plate and the Tigers went nuts, as you’d expect.
Alas, the bang-bang play at the plate was reviewed, and MLB‘s instant replay crew in New York determined Francisco Cervelli managed to slap a tag on Castellanos before he touched the plate. . Here’s the play:
A few innings later, the Pirates grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat thanks to Gregory Polanco’s 13th inning three-run home run. Pittsburgh was able to protect that lead. Pittsburgh blew a four-run ninth inning lead, thought they lost on the Jones would-be walk-off single, then won anyway.
Bailey, Scherzer reach the century mark
Congrats to Homer Bailey and Max Scherzer. On Friday, they became the first starting pitchers to throw 100-plus pitches in an outing in 2018. Seriously. There were 13 games on Opening Day on Thursday and not a single pitcher threw as many as 100 pitches. Here is the super early 2018 pitches thrown leaderboard:
- Homer Bailey, Reds: 104
- Max Scherzer, Nationals: 100
- Chance Anderson, Brewers: 97
- James Shields, White Sox: 97
- J.A. Happ, Blue Jays: 96
No other pitcher has thrown as many as 95 pitches in a game this year. This is the result of two things. One, teams tend to take it easy on their pitchers early in the season. They’re still getting stretched out coming out of camp. And two, teams have a much shorter leash nowadays, and are ready to go to the bullpen early. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler pulled ace Aaron Nola after 68 pitches — 68 pitches! — on Opening Day.
Props to Bailey and Scherzer for being the first two starters to hit the century mark this year. They did it in the same game and we only had to wait until the second day of the season for it to the happen. Crazy.
- The Yankees placed OF Aaron Hicks on the 10-day DL with an intercostal injury, . Hicks joins OF Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) and OF Clint Frazier (concussion) on the shelf. Manager Aaron Boone said OF Aaron Judge may see time in center field while the team is shorthanded.
- The Phillies placed RHP Pat Neshek on the 10-day DL with a shoulder issue, . That means both Neshek and RHP Tommy Hunter (hamstring), the team’s two big offseason bullpen additions, are currently out with injuries.
- The Blue Jays announced SS Troy Tulowitzki will have surgery to remove bone spurs from both feet. He’s played only 197 games the last two seasons due to injuries. Toronto has already placed Tulowitzki on the 60-day DL.