With the Yankees three-game Opening Day win streak snapped, here’s a look back at how they responded the previous five times they lost on Opening Day.
Since Aaron Boone took over as Yankees manager in 2018, Opening Day had been nothing but a success for the Yankees until Thursday.
The Yankees wasted countless opportunities with men in scoring position in a Thursday 3-2 Opening Day loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in 10 innings. The Opening Day loss marks their first season opening loss since 2017 and their first Opening Day loss at home since 2016.
Don’t remember how the Yankees responded in Game 2 of the season after their last five opening day loses? Here’s a look back.
2013 vs. Boston Red Sox
In 2013, the Yankees opened the season without the majority of their starters due to countless injuries and opened a season that had low expectations with an 8-2 loss to the rival and eventual world champion Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 1.
The Yankees got another crack at the Sox two days later, but things did not go much better. New York starter Hiroki Kuroda lasted just an inning and a third after suffering an injury and allowed two earned runs. Reliever Cody Eppley came into relief Kuroda and did not fare much better as he allowed four earned runs in an inning and a third of work.
Meanwhile, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz held the Yankees to just one run, with the lone blemish being a solo home run to Travis Hafner.
Down 7-1, the Yankees would strike for three runs in the bottom of the eighth off former Bomber Alfredo Aceves as Vernon Wells slugged a three-run shot, but it wouldn’t be enough to complete the comeback as the Red Sox closed out a 7-4 victory. The Yankees would, however, salvage the final game of the three-game series on April 4 to avoid a dreaded sweep to open the season.
Game 2 Result: Red Sox. 7, Yankees, 4