Recap: Reds vs. Cardinals Game 1 4/7/2014
Busch Stadium welcomed the 2013 National League Champions for the 2014 season last night against Central Division rival the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals spoiled the Reds home Opener with a 1-0 score, and the Reds looked for revenge against the Red Birds.
The Cardinals, however, had other plans.
They got the ball rolling (and flying) early with a three run 1st inning behind a Yadier Molina double into left field with the bases loaded to bring in three runs making the score 3-0.
Cincinnati attempted to come back in the fifth inning with a Roger Bernadina line drive double to center field, bringing in a run, bringing them within two of the Cardinals.
After the crowd stood up and sang “Take Me Out to The Ballgame” for the first time in 2014, the Cardinals gave their fans something to once again stand up about with RBI hits from Matt Holliday and Craig Allen to widen their lead 5-1.
The Reds were not ready to leave Monday night without a fight, as they loaded the bases in the ninth inning with no outs. Zack Cozart singles to bring in one run making the score 5-2, bases loaded once again, and no outs. A sacrifice fly brings the score within 2 at a score of 5-3, with two outs. At this point, Cardinals fans are on the edge of their seats, hoping for that last out. With a Billy Hamilton pop up to center field, the Cardinals close out Game 1 with a 5-3 win.
Cincinnati’s stater Tony Cingrani was only on the mound for 4 innings, who takes the loss with 5 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.45. Winning pitcher Michael Wacha was on the mound for 6 innings and takes the win with 3 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.71.
Game 2 takes place tonight at Busch Stadium at 7:15 PM, with Cardinals’ Lance Lynn pitching against Reds’ Homer Bailey