Opening Day at Chase Field was another fantastic affair for the Diamondbacks and their fans. I may not have been there, but I certainly felt like I was there from Twitter and my TV. Sadly, the crowd was loud and mighty, but small as only 35, 508 attended, the lowest in franchise history on Opening Day. Let's start from the beginning before I get to Beer Day. However, it was National Beer Day!
MadBum started the game for the Dbacks pitching a strong first two innings before completely unraveling in the third inning. In that 3rd inning, he walked 4 batters, walked in a run, and had a strikeout while throwing 42 pitches. That meant that was the end of his day. Luke Weaver came in for the fourth and gave up solid contact and another run to make it 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. From the 5th-on, Sean Poppen, Oliver Perez, Noe Ramirez, and Joe Mantiply combined to go 5 innings allowing no hits, no runs, 3 walks, and 3 K's. WHAT BULLPEN IS THIS? Are we sure this is the Dbacks' bullpen?
Meanwhile, Yu Darvish was a thorn in the side of the Dbacks hitters. He gave up zero hits, induced tons of soft contact, and only walked 4 while striking out 3. He was impressive. Tim HIll and Pierce Johnson combined to pitch the next two innings allowing 2 hits and 3 K's. Thank you Pavin Smith and Seth Beer for breaking up that No-Hitter.
Then, the 9th occurred. They sailed through the top of the 9th with Mantiply, and the Padres put in rookie closer Robert Suarez. He was brought from Japan where he was excellent with a 1.16 ERA last year. He was throwing 100 mph, but walked Christian Walker and Pavin Smith. The Dbacks took out Pavin and put in Jake McCarthy for extra speed on the base paths. Carson Kelly got hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Former Dbacks Manager and current Padres Manager Bob Melvin promptly replaces Suarez and puts in the reliable Craig Stammen. Well, Stammen immediately throws a wild pitch which scores Walker. The score is 2-1 with no outs and runners on second and third. Seth Beer is at the plate. Beer made history. He unloads on a down and in pitch and dumps it into the right-field bleachers for the game-winning 3-run HR. Mantiply got the win, Suarez got the loss while Stammen got the blown save.
In case you missed the Beer to end all Beers HRs, here it is. Also, Beer made history! Besides that, he was the first Dbacks player to walk off on Opening Day since Chris Owings in 2017.
Suarez on the other hand made history too, but not history he wanted to make I'm sure.
Oliver Perez made history joining the 20+ year service club in the MLB. Cooper Hummel debuted as a pinch hitter and delivered a walk in his first-ever MLB at-bat.
I will Hold Beer's Beer forever after the first of what will be many HRs. This is only the start of what should be an amazing season! The Dbacks accomplished their goal of going 1-0 today and everyday. Let's get to some Twitter reactions!
Game two is tomorrow against the Padres with the first pitch at 6:40 PM. Merrill Kelly is starting for the Dbacks while Blake Snell starts for the Padres. Be sure to follow Venom Strikes on Twitter for the latest news and coverage! Oh, and Happy National Beer Day everyone! Especially to you Seth Beer!