Former MSU standouts big factor in MLB's opening weekend


Brandon Woodruff

Brandon Woodruff



Garrick Hodge



After taking months off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball saw its highly-anticipated opening weekend come and go last week. Several Mississippi State baseball alumni played prominent roles for various teams throughout the sport over the weekend.


Milwaukee Brewers ace Brandon Woodruff earned an opening day start and held the Chicago Cubs to two runs over five innings of work while allowing four hits. Woodruff also struck out five batters. The Brewers couldn't provide Woodruff with any run support, though, falling 3-0 to Chicago on Friday.


Mitch Moreland only had one hit this weekend for the Boston Red Sox, but it was a big one. The powerful first baseman cranked a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, albeit in a 7-2 losing effort.



Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Adam Frazier went 2-for-11 and drew a walk in a three-game set with the Cardinals.


On Saturday, Jonathan Holder pitched 1 and 1/3 innings of relief for the New York Yankees while striking out a batter.


Sunday, St. Louis Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out four batters in a losing effort against the Pirates. Pirates relief pitcher and Bulldog alumnus Chris Stratton threw 1 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh in relief, striking out a batter.





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