Opening Day should be an official holiday in Cincinnati, but for some reason it still isn’t. Perhaps that was for the best on this particular day as the Cardinals were up 6-0 before the second out of the game was recorded thanks to some poor defense and a rough outing for Luis Castillo. St. Louis didn’t look back, either, adding on to their lead and keeping the Reds offense just out of reach.
|St. Louis Cardinals (1-0)
|Cincinnati Reds (0-1)
|W: Gallegos (1-0) L: Castillo (0-1)
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Jesse Winker reached base three times out of the leadoff spot, going 2-4 with a walk, double, and two runs scored. Nick Castellanos also reached base three times, going 3-5 with a double, home run, two runs scored, and he drove in two runs. Eugenio Suárez went 1-3 with a home run and two walks, but he also had two errors in the game and those errors helped put the Cardinals up big, early. Jonathan India went 2-4 in his debut with a double. Tyler Stephenson, who came in during a double switch, went 1-3.
Key Moment of the Game
The Reds had things moving in the 6th inning. Singles by Jonathan India, Tyler Stephenson, and Jesse Winker loaded the bases with one out, giving them perhaps their best chance of the game to get back into things. But Nick Castellanos flew out to left field and in what appears to be a situation where Tyler Stephenson forgot how many outs there were, he was doubled off of second base before Jonathan India was able to tag and reach the plate, keeping the score 11-6. The team didn’t really threaten much after that, much less threaten to the point of making the game close.
While today may not be the worst start of Luis Castillo’s career, it’s up there. It was 6-0 before Castillo recorded the 2nd out of the 1st inning, and he didn’t make it out of the 4th inning, finishing with a line of 3.1 innings and eight earned runs on eight hits, two walks, a hit batter, and a home run. He didn’t strike out a batter for only the second time in his big league career.
Sal Romano, who stated at the end of spring training that he was ready to show that he was a different pitcher, threw 2.0 hitless innings with a walk and two strikeouts. Day one of “show them things are different now” was successful for Romano. Carson Fulmer made a good impression in his Cincinnati Reds debut as he tossed 2.0 perfect innings with two strikeouts. Sean Doolittle gave up a leadoff double in the 9th inning to Paul Goldschmidt, but then went 1-2-3 with two strikeouts to stand him on the bases to give the Reds offense a chance to score a touchdown and win the game. They didn’t, but at least he gave them that opportunity.
Notes Worth Noting
Nick Senzel made a diving catch in the top of the 4th inning. In the bottom of the 4th inning he was pinch hit for by Tyler Naquin. An inning later the team announced that he left the game with a left shoulder injury.
After the game manager David Bell said that indications are that Senzel would be ok, but they won’t have full knowledge of what to expect until tomorrow. “Hopefully we’ll have him back this weekend.”
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