The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels played the final game of the evening on the second opening day, and the A’s won 7-3 in the first occurrence of Major League Baseball’s new extra innings rule.
MLB implemented a rule for this season in an attempt to shorten extra innings games and prevent potential extended exposure during the pandemic. In each half inning, the team batting starts with a runner on second base and nobody out. This has been tested in the minor leagues and has proven to decrease the length of extra innings.
The A’s and Angels were tied 3-3 at the end of nine innings. Shohei Ohtani opened the extra frame on second for the Angels, but had not quite remembered he had to be there. He struck out to end the ninth inning and had a pull-over on before being reminded to get out to second base.
Shohei Ohtani was the first to be placed on second in extra innings. He wasn’t exactly ready for it pic.twitter.com/7PqbBMYQn5— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 25, 2020
He was quickly forced out at third on a Jared Walsh grounder. Tommy La Stella followed with a single to advance Walsh to second. Albert Pujols fouled out to the catcher, and after Jason Castro walked, Andrelton Simmons grounded out to second.
In the bottom of the tenth, Marcus Semien opened the frame on second for the A’s and was followed by Ramon Laureano getting hit by a pitch. Matt Chapman struck out swinging on the next at-bat, but Semien and Laureano advanced a base due to a wild pitch. The Angels walked Khris Davis and then Matt Olson ended it on the first pitch of his at bat. It marked the third walk-off grand slam in opening day history.
Watch it below.