The Reds opened the season against the Milwaukee Brewers today. I’ll recount it to you as I recounted it to my 9-year-old son when I picked him up from after-school care.
Edinson Volquez started, and the first Brewers batter he faced hit a home run. The Reds were down 1-0. The second batter Volquez faced hit a home run. The Reds were down 2-0. By the time the first inning was over, the Reds were losing 3-0.
When it was their turn to bat, Drew Stubbs led off with a hit. A couple of batters later, Joey Votto drove him in with a sacrifice fly. The Reds were losing 3-1.
Volquez allowed another run in the 2nd, but then settled down, for the most part. The Reds were losing the whole game. Going into the bottom of the 9th, the score was 6-3.
Brandon Phillips led off with a single. Joey Votto followed with a walk. Scott Rolen came to bat and grounded to third base. The fielder went to tag Phillips, but missed, and Rolen was safe at first. Jay Bruce, MVP in training, came to the plate and struck out.
But the Reds still had two more outs left.
Jonny Gomes hit a deep drive that was caught on the warning track, but Phillips tagged up and scored. 6-4. Two outs.
Ramon Hernandez came to plate representing the winning run and hit a deep drive to right field. Somewhere, I could hear Joe Nuxhall screaming, “Get out of here, baseball!” And it did. The Reds won, 7-6.
Dang, that was a good game. I’d forgotten what I’d enjoyed so much about this team. And here it is, all back for the next half a year. I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year.