Didi Gregorius of the Yankees

Didi Gregorius’ Monster Opening Day Powers Yankees to 11-4 Victory

photo credit:Kathy Willens/AP

Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis

The Good

Good things came in threes today for Didi Gregorius. The Yankees shortstop pulled a line drive just over the right field fence off Rays starter Chris Archer in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Gregorius’ 3-run shot put the Yankees ahead 4-1. In the 7th inning, Gregorius hit another 3-run home run, this time on an 0-2 pitch from Austin Pruitt.

This tweet from @YESNetwork pretty much sums it up:

Aaron Judge was 2 for 3 in the game, with an RBI, 2 walks and 3 runs scored.

Jordan Montgomery made his 2018 debut, going five innings, striking out four while only allowing two hits. Despite surrendering four walks, Montgomery only allowed one earned run to score on the day.

Tommy Kahnle gave up only one hit in his 1 1/3 innings pitched. Every out Kahnle recorded in this one was via strikeout.

David Robertson and Chasen Shreve both threw scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th to secure the victory. Shreve struck out two batters in his frame.

The Bad

Jonathan Holder had his worst outing of the season so far. The right hander lasted only 1/3 of an inning, while allowing three earned runs. Holder struck out the first batter he faced, Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez. However, Holder surrendered hits to the next four Rays batters before being pulled. Tommy Kahnle struck out the first hitter he faced, but Rays pinch-hitter Denard Span drove a 2-run double to tie the game at 4.

The Ugly

Giancarlo Stanton had the worst offensive game of his major league career today. Stanton went 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts. It was the first time ever that he has struck out five times in one game. The fans actually booed Stanton during this game. However, there will be plenty more good games than bad for Stanton.

The series with the Rays continues tomorrow at 1:05pm EDT.

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