A Flying Start (Yankees at Orioles; 04.07.23)

Elliott Brown/ALOST

akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief

BALTIMORE — Unlike many years in the past half-decade or so, the Baltimore Orioles picking up where they left off the previous season is cause for excitement, and their thrill-a-minute exploits from 2022 carried over into their home opener on Friday afternoon, and produced another heart-stopping victory.

Playing in his first-ever opening day as an Oriole, Adley Rutschman hit a game-tying double in the sixth inning, and Ramón Urias’ go-ahead double one inning later was the decider as Baltimore defeated the New York Yankees 7-6 inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Opening Day.

Just over 24 hours after the game was pushed to tomorrow due to the threat of inclement weather, the seesaw battle that unfolded was more than worth the wait. Baltimore’s bullpen nailed down the win after getting into trouble in both the eighth and ninth innings. Brian Baker came on for the Orioles in the eighth inning with the tying and go-ahead runs on base, and he induced a double play to third before striking out Isiah Kiner-Falefa to end the threat.

In the ninth, Félix Bautista retired the first two batters before walking Aaron Judge, who then stole second and eventually advanced to third on a wild pitch. Bautista recovered to retire Anthony Rizzo on a fly out to left to end the game.

*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Friday afternoon’s contest, with all photos taken by DC-area photographer Elliott Brown. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 33 pictures in total.

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