Any hope of an undefeated season went astray on Saturday as the Marlins (1-2) raced past the Redlegs (1-1) 8-3 on Opening Night. Mat Latos made his much-anticipated Reds debut, but the results proved to be less than stellar. Nonetheless, the team still has a chance at taking the series on Sunday.
But for now, let's focus on the good, the bad and some notables from Saturday's affair at GABP:
-Zack Cozart is making an early case for National League ROY honors. The shortstop fell a double short of the cycle and scored a pair of runs. He has five hits in nine at-bats (.625) so far this season.
-Joey Votto connected for a 2-run, opposite-field homer in the bottom of the fourth. It's sure to be the first of many during 2012.
-The defense committed no errors.
-It may have taken 27 pitches to do it, but Jose Arredondo struck out two in one scoreless inning of relief.
-Latos ran into some trouble in the top of the fifth and was pulled by manager Dusty Baker with two outs. His final line in his Reds debut: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks (81 pitches, 51 for strikes).
-The bullpen didn't fare well on the night. Newcomer Alfredo Simon surrendered two hits and two runs before recording a single out in relief. He did, however, manage to strike out the side after that point.
-Sam LeCure allowed a golfer ball to Hanley Ramirez in the seventh. The mustached reliever allowed three hits and two runs in his two innings of work.
-Jay Bruce was hitless in four plate appearances including a couple of strikeouts.
-Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen each posted 0-for-4 nights at the plate.
-The Reds offense failed to draw a single walk -- either signalling a lack of patience or superb control for Miami's pitching staff.
-Prior to the game, Phillips and Votto each received their Rawlings Gold Gloves from the 2011 season. Phillips was presented his 2011 Louisville Silver Slugger Award as well.
-Speaking of Phillips, the 30-year old remains mum on the progress (or lack thereof) of his possible contract extension, according to this release from the AP.
-Josh Hutcherson, a native of nearby Union, KY and co-star in the smash movie The Hunger Games, had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
-The Reds will wrap up their opening series with the Marlins on Sunday beginning at 1:10 PM ET. Veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo will make his 2012 debut opposite of