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Opening Day Celebration Cut Short as Cincinnati Reds Fall to St. Louis Cardinals 1-0

April 1st, 2014 at 1:03 AM
By Cody Dalga

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto had an almost flawless outing after pitching seven strong innings allowing just a single run on three hits while striking out eight, however, it was  the St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright who bettered Cueto allowing just three hits in the Cards 1-0 win on Opening Day in front of almost 44,000 fans.

'Great American Ballpark: Braves vs. Reds; June 1, 2008.' photo (c) 2008, karen_2873 - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The lone run on the afternoon came in the top half of the seventh inning. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took the first pitch he saw from Cueto and lifted into left field far enough to reach the seats. That may have been the most excitement, in terms of offense, seen all day. 

"He threw me something in the middle," Molina stated, "and I put a good swing on it."

The Reds seemed to struggle all day at the plate. They racked up a total of 12 strikeouts, including four from leadoff man Billy Hamilton. He was optimistic following the rough outing.

"I didn't feel like I did what I wanted to do," Hamilton said. "But it's OK. There's another day tomorrow. It's learning for me."

Cincinnati did have an opportunity in the eighth. Pat Neshek replaced Wainwright to begin the inning and allowed a leadoff walk to Brandon Phillips. Following another pitching change, Joey Votto reached on an error putting runners on the corners without a recorded out. Jay Bruce slapped a ball hard to first base but Phillips was caught off third and failed to score.

"That situation, if we hit a ball and they turn two, we still score the run," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I thought he did a great job of trying to stay in the rundown and give us a chance to advance. They did a really good job. Adams was able to round up Brandon at third, drive him back to the bag. It made it a lot harder for Joey to go from first to third."

The third pitching change of the inning proved to be successful as Carlos Martinez forced Ryan Ludwick into a groundout and struck out Todd Frazier to end the threat and the inning. The Reds failed to score in the ninth to end the game. 

The Reds will look for redemption tomorrow in the Opening Night game. Tony Cingrani is the scheduled starter. 
Tags: Baseball, Billy Hamilton, brandon phillips, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, MLB, Ryan Ludwick, todd frazier, Tony Cingrani

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