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Jays win longest opener on record, beating Indians in 16

Apr 5, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

J.P. Arencibia AP

J.P. Arencibia played the hero, hitting a three-run homer off Jairo Asencio in the top of the 16th inning to lead the Blue Jays past the Indians, 7-4, in the longest Opening Day game on record.

The game should have ended in nine, but Chris Perez blew a three-run lead for Cleveland after an outstanding performance by Justin Masterson (8 IP, 1 R, 10 K).

After that followed some rather rare events. The Jays went to five infielders with the bases loaded and one out in the 12th and induced a double-play ball from Michael Brantley to send the game to the 13th. That play led to Omar Vizquel‘s second ever appearance in the outfield, though he was playing between second base at the time. Vizquel then moved to first base the next inning, making just his second career appearance at that position.

The 15th inning saw the benches clear after Luis Perez buzzed Shin-Soo Choo, who was hit in the back 12 innings prior. Choo took several steps toward the mound, causing the benches and bullpens to empty. Order was quickly restored, though, and there were no ejections.

Arencibia helped ended it the next inning, delivering the homer after going 0-for-6 with three strikeouts previously. Jose Bautista was the Jays’ other offensive star, going 3-for-4 with a homer and two walks. Perez got the win after throwing four hitless innings of relief. Jairo Asencio took the loss for Cleveland in his third inning of work.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    JP makes a habit out of hitting a home run in his first major league game of the season. He is a leader on this team. Do not be so sure that d’Arnaud is the number 1 Blue Jay catcher in the future Matthew.

  2. jaysfan64 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Excellent opening game for the Jays…Farrell pushed all the right buttons too…and I agree – how can you subtract Arencibia from this club no matter how D’Arnaud turns out??

  3. cmb79 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Perez owes Masterson and Hannahan dinner.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      Why would Luis Perez buy dinner for members of the Indians? He was the winning pitcher after all.

    • missthemexpos - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      Romero owes Encarnacion dinner, cause it was sure looking like an opening day loss for Ricky.

  4. cur68 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Best Blue Jays opener ever.

    • missthemexpos - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      1977 in the snow at the ex was pretty good too… Doug Ault being the hero of the day.

      • cur68 - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:09 PM

        I was 9 and didn’t see it, but I’ll take your word for it nonetheless.

      • missthemexpos - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:31 PM

        Well now I know where the 68 in your handle comes from.

      • cur68 - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:47 PM

        Mr Clever with the name, that’s me. Its also the best year of Mustang, ever.

    • iinformeduthusly - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      George Bell says Wrong

  5. burm61 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    TRADE PEREZ! I’m TIRED OF HIM RUNNING HIS MOUTH AND BLOWING SAVES.

  6. 32bigg - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    I was teaching until 5:20 and when I turned on the game at 5:21 and saw 4-0 in the ninth, I was saddened, but….

    BEST BLUE JAYS OPENER EVER!!!!! PERIOD!

    JAYS!

    • 32bigg - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      I meant 4-1

  7. cosanostra71 - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    love the Jays’ uniforms!

  8. klownboy - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    http://theklowntimes.net/2012/03/28/2012-major-league-baseball-preview-american-league/

    Baseball is back! WHOO-HOO!!! Oh, and by the way, go Yanks ;)…

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