Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
St. Louis 6
WP: Wainwright (1-0)
LP: Herrera (0-1)
S: Franklin (1)
–Okay, I guess I can come up with a couple of positives. The two worst hitters in the lineup (Orlando Cabrera and Ramon Hernandez) went 4-7 with two runs scored and 3 RBI, including OC’s homer that tied the game in the sixth.
–Johnny Cueto pitched six innings, giving up only two runs on five hits. Not a bad debut, if someone can justify letting him throw 109 pitches in his first start.
–Arthur Rhodes, Nick Masset, and Francisco Cordero pitched three effective innings after their bullpen mates lost the game. Particularly nice to see Masset bounce back strong, lowering his ERA to 22.50.
–Just a miserable way to start the season. Deflating.
–Logan Ondrusek may be headed back to Louisville, after he and Daniel Ray Herrera gave up four runs without recording an out in the seventh inning. That lost the game for the good guys.
–Six hits in the entire game. That isn’t going to cut it, guys.
–Announced attendance was more than 28,000, which is almost double what the Reds had for last season’s game two. It was the biggest crowd for a second game since 1994. Everyone went home disappointed.
–Good to see Joe Morgan at the game, throwing out the first pitch.
–Let’s hope Good Bronson Arroyo shows up in tomorrow afternoon’s game.
–I’m still optimistic about this team but, good grief, they look like the same old Reds after two games. Let’s not draw too many conclusions just yet, though…okay, Nation?
*I’m afraid this offense stinks again this year.