April 2, 2007

Game 1: Cubs 1, Reds 5

The Reds started the season off right this afternoon with a 5-1 win over the Cubs.Adam Dunn hits home run number 1 / 199

This Opening Day game seemed familiar to Reds fans, who so clearly remember the 16-7 drubbing they took at the hands of the Cubs on Opening Day 2006. And just like last year, the two characters who are the stories of the game are Adam Dunn and Aaron Harang.

But instead of Harang looking like a deer in the laser-bright headlights of Cincinnati Opening Day and giving up nine runs in five innings, we saw a composed master of his trade allowing just one run (zero earned) on six hits through seven innings. That's the kind of confidence that being the previous year's wins and strike-outs leader will give you. Or perhaps that beautiful white uni reflected the light off him. Either way.

And instead of one scored error and two more actual errors from Dunn, we got the slim, toned two home runs and walk-out-of-threat-of-a-third that you want out of your major slugger. He was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored thanks to those homers. He's on pace for 324 for the year, you know.

Aaron Harang Whacks Some CubbiesRyan Freel turned over a new leaf as well: he actually backed off a play in the first inning. In fact, I blame that lack of dive in center field for his failed attempt to take second base in the third inning. I think he couldn't stand to be clean any longer, and was going to do whatever it took to get a slide in during that trip 'round the bases.

Scott Hatteberg got an RBI for walking with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, and Alex Gonzalez got the last one with a sacrifice fly.

The win brings the Reds' record to 1-0. They take tomorrow to enjoy what they've done (not too much celebrating, please fellas!) before Bronson Arroyo takes on Ted Lilly at 7:10 on Wednesday.

P.S. - Check out what our Cubs counterparts have to say at The View from the Bleachers.

4 comments to “Game 1: Cubs 1, Reds 5”

  1. smartelf says:

    I can’t believe no one has replied to this thread yet.. but perhaps that is because celebration is in full overwhelming gear… from here in Newport I can report much jubilation and excitement and gridlocked traffic a full 2 hours after the game was done…. and maybe that’s why 42K+ fans don;t show up every game… it really is a chore to park and get the hell outta here…

    On a positive note, my new venture a memorabilia stand between Pete Rose Way and 3rd St on Broadway raked in a cool $60 dollars in just 2 hours of work….NICE!

  2. Cub Fan Joe says:

    Perhaps they fear game 2 and 3 and the beatdown forthcoming. 😉

  3. BubbaFan says:

    Nah. This thread went up late. The game was discussed in older threads.

    I’m ready for more Cub-whacking. 😉

  4. KC2HMZ says:

    Yeah, what he said. Besides, RHM did an excellent job on the game wrap. Nothing much anyone else could add.

    You can sure see the difference in the Cubs with Piniella at the helm, though – Zambrano actually lasted through the fifth inning this time. And, Soriano sure had an instant impact on the Chicago team, too. $136 million buys you an infield single in four trips.No wonder the Tribune wants to unload this outfit after the season.

    It’s too late now, but Aaron Harang not getting a single vote in the Cy Young ballotting last year was a complete sham. Between that and Dave Concepcion not being in the Hall of Fame, there must be a lot of people in the Baseball Writers Association of America who aren’t worth the paper their credentials are printed on.

    smartelf: Congratulations on turning half a million bucks worth of Reds memorabilia into $60 in cash. :laugh: