Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals  (2-1)
 7  11  1
Cincinnati Reds  (1-2)
 6  10  0
W: L. Lynn (1-0)   L:  H. Bailey (0-1)  S: T. Rosenthal (2)
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The Good

Downtown Todd Frazier had a monster game, going yard twice today, bagging 4 RBIs. Joey Votto had another 3 hits. Jay Bruce got his first dinger of the season.  Nick Christiani, from Elizabeth, NJ, pitched well in his 2014 debut. Jersey had a good day, right?

And let’s not let this disappointing ending to the series allow us to forget Tucker Barnhart, who cut down his first runner and looked very comfortable behind the plate.

The Bad

The book on Homer Bailey: 4 1/3, 4R, 7H, 3K, 3BB. You wonder what the rain delay did to him. After the way the bats woke up in the first inning, you couldn’t help but think having a cushion for a change would help the Reds starter. You have to believe the lack of work from the groin injury was no help. Brandon Phillips had 4 Ks today. Billy Hamilton is still looking for his first hit. The middle of the order was nails, but the two men at the top did nothing.

The Ugly

Trevor Bell had nothing and Logan Ondrusek not much more. The game was lost for good right there.

Not so random thoughts …

As Roseanne Roseannadanna once said: “It just goes to show you, it’s always something. If it ain’t one thing, it’s another. If your pitching lights out, you’re not hitting. When the bats finally wake up, ya can’t get annnnny body out.”

You could almost feel this coming. This wasn’t going to be like the first two games.

My Big Red Smokey Play of the Game:  The Cardinal first baseman, laying out belly first, just as he did last night–and coming up short, just as he did last night. Fine play by the fan, who was rewarded with a demonstration of THE CARDINAL WAY, courtesy of the brutish Mt. Adams.

The season’s first test. You can look at this first series one of two ways, depending upon your mind set: (A) Joey is back, Todd Frazier looks like he wants to get back to being the Todd Frazier we first swooned over, Cueto is still uno numero and Tony Cingrani looks like he wants to be; or (B) the Reds still can’t beat the Cardinals when it counts.

It’s early and we’re an optimistic Nation. Let’s go with “A.”

It’s on to New York and the Madoff Metropolitans. The good guys come to my neck of the woods as I get my first in-person look at the Reds.

I’ll bring home the sweep.