Monday, April 1, 2013

Angels outlast Reds in season opener

The first game of the season is in the books. And it was a long one.

In a contest that lasted well over four hours to complete, the Angels (1-0) outlasted the Reds (0-1) in 13 innings by a score of 3-1. Chris Iannetta's two-run single off of Reds reliever J.J. Hoover in the top of the 13th proved to be the difference.

Here is a look at the good, bad, and notables from the festive affair:

The Good:
+ Johnny Cueto started and pitched an absolute gem. The Dominican native tossed seven innings of three hit, one run baseball. His only mistake came when he surrendered a solo homer to Angels catcher Chris Iannetta. He struck out nine and walked just two.
+ Shin-Soo Choo did exactly what the Reds brought him to Cincinnati to do. Choo reached base three times (single, double, HBP) and plated a run.
+ Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect inning of relief in the eighth (2 K).
+ Aroldis Chapman recorded a clean inning of relief in the ninth (2 K, BB).
+ Sam LeCure held the Halos scoreless in two frames out of the 'pen.

The Bad:
+ The Reds may be without Ryan Ludwick for a while. Ludwick exited the game in the third inning after suffering a dislocated right shoulder while sliding headfirst into third base.
+ Gold Glove second basemen Brandon Phillips committed a rare error on a ground ball.
+ Remember, how some fans would make annoying "woo" sounds during home games in 2012? Well, it appears as if that trend has carried over into 2013, for Opening Day at least.
+ Jay Bruce recorded the dreaded hat trick by striking out three times. He was 0-for-5  in the game.
+ The Reds mustered only three hits in the entire game. Only one of those came after the third inning.

The Notables:
+ A crowd of 43,168 was on hand for the game. That marks the largest regular season crowd in Great American Ball Park history.
+ Cincinnati avoided being shut out for the 60th straight season opener. That is the second-longest streak in MLB history.
+ Temperatures hovered in the mid-40s for most of the game. All in all, the cloudy skies, cool temps, and slight wind made for chilly conditions.
+ The game marked the first Interleague matchup on Opening Day in MLB history.
+ Reds are 11-3 all-time in extra inning games on Opening Day.
+ Up next: The two teams enjoy an off day Tuesday before returning to action on Wednesday evening. Mat Latos will oppose Angels southpaw C.J. Wilson for a game scheduled to begin at 7:10 PM ET.

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