|St. Louis Cardinals (1-1)
|Cincinnati Reds (1-1)
|W: J. Hoover (1-0) L: C. Martinez (0-1)|
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Tony Cingrani. There has been considerable talk about how the Reds are going to miss Bronson Arroyo and his ability to take the ball every time out. And that still might be true. But, Cingrani has been nothing short of amazing in his first 19 career starts for the Reds. This is one mind-blowing stat: Tony C. now has 19 straight starts with 5 or fewer hits allowed. That, friends, is the longest streak in major league baseball in the last 100 years. For 7 innings tonight, Cingrani was almost untouchable again, with 9 strikeouts and 2 walks.
Joey Votto got his first 2 hits of the season, numbers 1000 and 1001 for his career. And he had his first walk of the season. Talk amongst yourselves about that.
Two superlative defensive plays by Zach Cozart—both times ranging into the outfield—bookended his ground out to third with the bases loaded in the 4th inning. This just might be a microcosm of Cozart’s season. His game is likely going to be all about run prevention.
The bullpen really got the job done tonight. When Manny Parra came in at the top of the 8th to face the right-handed hitting Peter Bourjos, I thought Price really is serious about not playing the matchup game with his relievers. J.J. Hoover threw some serious gas to get the win.
My boy, Chris Heisey.
Billy Hamilton went 0-4 again today. Like Wainwright on Opening Day, going hitless against a pitcher the quality of Michael Wacha is nothing to hang your head about. Still, it looks like a these attempts at bunting for a hit may be putting more pressure on young Hamilton than if they simply let the kid swing away. Twice he bunted the ball much too hard resulting in easy fielding plays. Perhaps he’s simply trying too hard.
Still Yadier Molina. The neck tattoo went 0-4 tonight.
Not so random thoughts …
The Cardinals were 0-6 with RISP tonight. That’s 0-10 to start the season. Yes, the Reds were nearly shut out again, but the Cardinals haven’t done any better. When pitchers like Cueto, Wainright, Cingrani and Wacha take the mound, you shouldn’t expect anything else but a lot of very sad hitters heading back to the dugout.
Is Kolten Wong the answer at second base for the Cardinals? It’s early, but the first two games suggest the Cardinals still have defensive issues to address.
My Big Red Smokey Play of the Game: Matt Adams beaching himself like a whale just short of first base as Cingrani picked him off in the 5th.
Someone should tell home plate umpire Kerwin Danley there’s a 40% off sale at LensCrafters. And that’s all I’ll say about that.