City Paper's Orioles Opening Day live blog

City Paper's Orioles Opening Day live blog
Credit: Brandon Weigel

5:57 p.m.
Pearce flies out to end it. 12-5 final. The offense missed some opportunities, but the pitching is what really failed the O's today. The Birds fall to 2-2 on the season, but hey, there's 158 of these games still left. It's all good.

5:55 p.m.
Joseph laces one to third, but Donaldson speared it for the out. Cabrera flies out to left field for out number two. Only one out left and Steve Pearce up to bat.


5:52 p.m.
Schoop CRUSHES a 2-1 pitch to left field for a solo homer. 12-5 and we have a little bit of life here at the Yard.

5:48 p.m.
Dalton Pompey hits a deep fly to left to end the top of the 9th. Orioles need eight runs in the bottom half to tie the game. Stranger things have happened, right?

5:46 p.m.
Wright serves up a couple of hits in the 9th and Jose Reyes scores a run on a sac fly. This is not how this was supposed to go! 12-4 Blue Jays.

5:40 p.m.
Travis Snider strikes out, but hey, the O's just doubled their run total in the game, and that has to count for something.

5:39 p.m.
Manny grounds into a double play, but another run scores. 11-4 Toronto. Chipping away, chipping away.

5:37 p.m.
Jones gets a single, his fourth hit of the day, and then Davis hits a double off the right field scoreboard. Young singles to score Jones and advance Davis to third. 11-3 Jays. Zero outs. There is officially hope.

5:31 p.m.
And Wright gets the final out. Bottom of the 8th, still 11-2. How about a little Orioles Magic?! Please?

5:26 p.m.
Garcia gets two outs in the 8th before giving way to lefty Wesley Wright. Here's one positive from today's game: Garcia, a Rule 5 pick from the Red Sox organization, settled in nicely after a bit of a rocky start. Looks like he could stick around.

5:23 p.m.
Orioles get a runner on after an Everth Cabrera single, but Steve Pearce grounds into a double play to close the 7th. Running out of innings here.

5:16 p.m.
Garcia gives up a single but works an otherwise clean 7th inning. It's stretch time. The announced crowd is 45,936, a sellout, but you wouldn't know it from some of the empty seats here now. We know it doesn't look good, dear readers, but we say that anyone who left early is a fake-ass fan. Liam Hendriks pitching now for Toronto.

5:12 p.m.
O's might have had something going there, with runners on first and second and two outs. But Schoop swung at the first pitch and weakly grounded out to third to end the rally. Still 11-2 Jays. You're receiving this information a little while after it actually happened because our computer and clunky CMS are conspiring against us and the very idea of a live blog.

5:01 p.m.
Well, that was close. Davis tagged a ball to the opposite field, but left fielder Kevin Pillar (not to be confused with former Oriole Kevin Millar) jumped up and robbed Davis of extra bases before crashing into the wall.

4:59 p.m.
A fly out to left ends the top of the 6th. Okay O's, we still need nine runs. Let's get it.

4:56 p.m.
It's been a bit of an uneven inning for Garcia. He walked Bautista to start then struck out Encarnacion. Donaldson singled, advancing Bautista to third. Then, Navarro hit a sac fly to score Bautista. Then he walks Justin Smoak. The young righty is definitely struggling with his control here. 11-2 Jays.


4:47 p.m.
So Adam Jones clearly read our live blog and took it upon himself to add a run. He hit a single to the left field gap to score Caleb Joseph, who got on board with a double. Alas, Jones was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double, ending the inning. It's 10-2 Orioles now as we enter the 6th inning. At least that's progress. Jason Garcia is on the mound for the Birds.

4:45 p.m.
Hey look, it's Gov. Larry Hogan.

4:39 p.m.
Brach got in a bit of a jam there, with runners on second and third and two outs. But he manages to induce a weak grounder to close out the home half of the 5th. O's need to add some runs on the board, like, now.

4:30 p.m.
O's bats go quietly in the 4th. But at least it was funny to see the fans try and psych out Blue Jays catcher Navarro as two balls were hit up the elevator shaft, as they say, just in front of home plate. He dropped one earlier in the game, so it could totally happen again.

4:24 p.m.
A grounder to Machado mercifully ends the top of the 4th. The crowd didn't even cheer that loudly for the Crab Shuffle as the team's changed sides. THAT'S how dire it is, folks.

4:22 p.m.
Josh Donaldson doubles to score two more. 10-1 Toronto. UGH.

4:20 p.m.
Bautista hits a floater that JUST evades Schoop's glove and lands for a hit, scoring another run. 8-1 Jays now.

4:19 p.m.
After a Jose Reyes strikeout, center fielder Dalton Pompey doubles to score two. 7-1 Jays.

4:14 p.m.
Norris is in trouble again after giving up two hits and then hitting Devon Travis with a pitch. Bases loaded with no outs. Not good. Showalter is coming out to the mound to summon Brad Brach.

4:12 p.m.
Looked like the O's had a good chance to chip away at the lead there. It was first and third with one out following an Adam Jones double and Chris Davis single into the shift. But Delmon Young grounded into a double play to end the rally. 5-1 heading into the 4th.

4:02 p.m.
Welp, the good vibes for Norris didn't last long. Bautista leads the 3rd inning off with a double, advances on a Edwin Encarnacion ground out, then scores on a sac fly from Josh Donaldson. Dioner Navarro hit a deep fly to center that Jones hauled in to end the top of the 3rd inning. 5-1 Blue Jays now.

3:52 p.m.
Everth Cabrera hit a slicing liner that stayed up just long enough for right fielder Jose Bautista to snag it. Still 4-1 Blue Jays after two innings.

3:50 p.m.
Orioles got something going here. After singles by Travis Snider and Jonathan Schoop, Caleb Joseph draws a walk to load the bases with two outs.

3:46 p.m.
Still some empty seats in the left field upper deck. Our bet is there's still a big crowd pounding beers at Pickles. SMH.

3:45 p.m.
Norris recovers nicely with a clean frame in the 2nd inning, getting a strikeout and two weak ground outs. Hopefully he settles in.

3:41 p.m.
Jonesy gets one back! The center fielder just laced a Mark Buehrle pitch to the left field seats. Davis grounds out to end the inning and it's 4-1 Blue Jays going into the 2nd inning

3:30 p.m.
Not what you want to see from starter Bud Norris there. He gives up four runs on four hits in the top of the 1st inning.

3:03 p.m.
J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones just received their Gold Gloves on the field. Someone else who should have been out there: Nick Markakis. We are having a sad.

2:49 p.m.
Loud, long ovation for manager Buck Showalter. Guy could probably run a winning campaign for mayor.

2:42 p.m.
Jim Palmer goes all the way back to the rubber to throw the first pitch to Rick Dempsey and it looked to us like a strike.


2:32 p.m.
We're coming to LIVE from Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Opening Day. The weather is still really gross, but it's not actually raining yet and, at the moment, it looks like we might actually get this game in. The Orioles, as you probably know, went 2-1 in Tampa Bay to start their 2015 campaign. They enter the season with a roster as sturdy as last year's division-title winners, but this may be their last chance to make a run at a World Series title.

If you're on your way to the game, it's not too late to use some of our tips for the cheap bastard in us all.

Jim Hunter is on the field about to start player introductions. Check back for more updates.