|Philadelphia Phillies (1-0)||4||10||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (0-1)||3||9||1|
|W: Hellickson (1-0) L: Feldman (0-1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Baseball is back. Forget everything else for a moment. Baseball is back and this is a good thing. We’re going to have a lot of fun here at Redleg Nation over the next six-plus months.
–Scooter Gennett made his Reds debut in the bottom of the seventh. Smoked a line drive right at the first baseman, who tagged Tucker Barnhart off first. Hard luck double play.
Then, in the bottom of the ninth, with the Reds trailing 4-1, Gennett hit a two-run opposite field home run. It’s Scooter’s world, we’re just living in it.
–Adam Duvall had two hits, including a double. Jose Peraza went 2-4. Billy Hamilton tripled and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Tucker Barnhart singled, drew a walk, and threw a laser to second base to nail a runner trying to steal.
–Good work by the bullpen tonight: 4.1 innings of one-run relief. Blake Wood gave up that run, but it only run scored thanks to some unfortunate defense by Scott Schebler. It wasn’t ruled an error (and it wasn’t the easiest play to make), but Schebler let a line drive skip past him in the sixth for a triple by Phillie pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. Philadelphia’s final run crossed the plate, and it was an important one, as it was the difference.
–Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias were bringing it, each throwing in the high-90s on the radar gun. Each pitched a scoreless inning.
–Barrett Astin made his major league debut in the fifth inning, and manager Bryan Price didn’t wait long to throw Astin to the wolves. With the Reds down 3-1, Astin entered with runners on first and second with two outs. He induced a ground ball, but Zack Cozart made an error to load the bases. No sweat; Astin just threw up another ground ball, inning over.
Nice work by the kid.
–Scott Feldman got the Opening Day start in his Reds debut, and the boos began raining down on him early thanks to a rough first inning. Feldman allowed a home run to the leadoff hitter, and when the inning was over, the Phillies had scored two runs on four hits. Second inning, second homer.
Feldman then settled down a bit, until the fifth, when the Phillies lineup got a chance to hit against him for the third time. After a double and a walk, Price finally pulled the plug, bringing on Astin (see above) who quelled the rally and kept Feldman’s final line from looking even worse than it was.
In 4.2 innings, Feldman allowed three hits on seven hits and two walks.
–The Reds left seven runners on base. Five of those came in the third and fourth innings, when the Reds loaded the bases twice, yet came away with only one run.
–Rough game for Joey Votto, as the curse of Jeremy Hellickson continues. Votto was 0-4 and really didn’t make good contact all day. After his eighth-inning strikeout, Votto abused some equipment and said a naughty word in the dugout.
–Largest regular-season crowd in Great American Ballpark history. You can tell Reds fans are excited! (Or something like that.)
–Welcome back to Cincinnati, Scooter Gennett!
–In the top of the seventh, we saw the first intentional walk under the new rule that doesn’t require the pitcher to throw an actual pitch. Drew Storen had a 2-0 count on Michael Saunders when Price ordered up the intentional pass. As Saunders trotted to first, everyone — including Thom Brennaman on the television broadcast — seemed confused. I was confused, too.
Probably shortened the game by at least seven seconds, though!
–Joey Votto will be fine.
–For an innings-eater, Scott Feldman sure didn’t eat very many innings. It was interesting to see how Bryan Price used his bullpen in the absence of a long outing by the starter in the opener. Specifically, we saw Storen in the 7th, Lorenzen in the 8th, and Iglesias in the 9th. Does that show us anything about Price’s mindset when it comes to these guys? Who knows, but it bears watching.
–Astin had never pitched above AA until today. Not a bad debut.
–Up next: Brandon Finnegan will face the Phillies on Wednesday night.