April 6, 2010
W: Duke (1-0)
L: Padilla (0-1)
The Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the defending National West champions yesterday, and did what they’ve done for the past 3 Opening Days: win.
That’s right. The Pirates have at least one streak that has nothing to do with losing.
The Pirates wrung 5 decent innings out of Zach Duke, and made the wise decision to pinch-hit for him with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 5th. Duke had allowed just 2 runs, but his 7 hits were pause for concern. And with Pittsburgh having a 1-run lead and an opportunity for a big inning, manager John Russell made the call.
Ryan Church hit a bases-clearing double off Vicente Padilla to break the game open.
Right-fielder Garret Jones also homered twice for the Pirates, showing that he may just be more than a one-hit wonder.
And for one day, the Pirates sit atop the division, looking down on everyone else.
April 6, 2010
W: Lowe (1-0)
L: Zambrano (0-1)
Just like Aaron Harang for the Reds, Carlos Zambrano had a rough opening day. Unlike Harang, Zambrano didn’t make it out of the 2nd inning.
The Chicago Cubs started off the game promisingly, with Marlon Byrd hitting a 3-run home run in the top of the first, but Zambrano killed all that.
Big Moose allowed 8 runs–all earned–in 1 1/3 innings. Not what the Cubs wanted out of their ace, especially with Ted Lilly starting the season on the disabled list. Zambrano allowed 6 hits, walked 2, and allowed 2 home runs, and the Cubs–like always–never had a chance.
It could have been worse. Instead of setting a personal worst for his shortest outing ever, Zambrano only tied it. You’ve definitely got to find the silver lining when talking about the Cubs.
April 6, 2010
Well, they won’t go wire-to-wire this year. The Reds dropped the season opener to the Cardinals yesterday, 11-6. You can relive the magic with the RHM game thread. The Reds pitching collapsed, but the offense was solid, although not solid enough to keep Aaron Harang from taking the loss. I recommend you take out any frustration by beaning some redbirds.
As always, the Reds have an off-day the day after Opening Day. Their next game will be Wednesday night at 7:10pm EDT. Adam Wainwright will start against Johnny Cueto. Plus, it’s Reds fleecie/snuggie and fireworks night.
Ritual Mop Burning
After the game yesterday, a fire alarm rang through Great American Ball Park. Apparently, some mops had caught fire. Hal McCoy, of course, had the best jokes.
Were those the instruments the St. Louis Cardinals used to mop up the Cincinnati Reds, 11-6, using them so adeptly they were smoking?
Did the Reds actually call the fire department to douse Albert Pujols?
What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The rotation for the Louisville Bats includes Sam LeCure, Travis Wood, Matt Maloney, Aroldis Chapman, and Justin Lehr. That right there is a better rotation than the Reds ran out for most of the last decade.