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Reds get first win of 2010 as Gomes homers

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Jonny Gomes (mlb)

Jonny Gomes’ home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled the Cincinnati Reds to their first win of the season, 2-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday afternoon in Cincinnati.

Gomes connected on a 2-2 pitch from Jason Motte (0-1), who was brought into the game to face him in the righty-righty matchup.

Closer Francisco Cordero (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth inning in relief of Bronson Arroyo who went the first eight innings and singled in a run.

The Cardinals scored 17 runs in the first two games of the series, but managed only four hits in the final game of the series, including LF Matt Holliday’s first home run.


* Home Runs By Major League Ballparks from 2003-2009

U.S. Cellular Field 1,573

Great American Ball Park 1,554

Rangers Park in Arlington 1,455

Miller Park 1,332

Coors Field 1,320

Camden Yards 1,307

Wrigley Field 1,302

Citizens Bank Park 1,299

The Reds ranked 10th in 2009 with 187 home runs. Great American Ball Park opened in 2003.

St. Louis’ 4-run seventh inning costs Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio–The Cincinnati Reds found themselves for the second game in a row facing a NL Cy Young Award candidate in Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Adam Wainwright (mlb)

Wainwright (1-0) gave up only three runs in seven innings, including Orlando Cabrera’s two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning that briefly tied the game at 2-2. But the Cardinals eventually won the game, 6-3 Wednesday night.

Wainwright, who led the NL in wins last season with 19 faced only 17 batters in the first 5 innings.  He was very pitch efficient, throwing only 6 in the first inning, 35 through three innings and 55 through 5 innings.

The St. Louis offense took over in the seventh to score four runs off loser Daniel Ray Herrera (0-1) and rookie righthanded Logan Ondrusek who seemed nervous facing Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday.

Reds righthander Johnny Cueto battled hard and kept the game close. He threw 109 pitches.

The Reds promoted the second game of 2010 as “opening night” and had several special attractions, including a free Reds “ snuggie” blanket and  postgame fireworks. the first night game usually draws a small crowd-only 13, 568 were in attendance to see the Mets last season.  But the Cardinals were in town and the Reds sold 28, 132 tickets, their biggest crowd for a second game since 1994 at Cinergy Field.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME CLUBHOUSES(to listen to an audio file, just click the link)

44 775 Dusty Baker Reds Mgr. Johnny Cueto kept them in the game

44 776 Dusty Baker Reds Mgr The Bullpen is up and down

44 777 Dusty Baker Reds Mgr Orlando Cabrera is starting to hit

44 778 Brandon Phillips Reds 2b Comeback a little short

44 782 Adam Wainwright St. Louis RHP Tough spring didn’t carryover


* Reds Hall of Famer Joe Morgan threw out the ceremonial pitch.

* The Cardinals best season opening start is 7-0 in 1962.

* News out of the Reds minor league camp is that 1b Yonder Alonso who is a hitting machine like Joey Votto, will learn to play left field because the Reds will not move Votto off of first base.

* Adam Wainwright finished 3rd in the NL Cy Young award voting in 2009.

* Wainwright is 6’7 228 pounds and was the team’s Darryl Kile award winner.

* St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina since 2005 has thrown out 41.2% of the runners trying to steal


Jim Edmonds leads Brewers to win

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jim Edmonds started a sixth-inning rally from the bottom half of the lineup and the Brewers bullpen shut the door on Colorado, holding them scoreless over the final five innings in a 5-4 win on Wednesday.

Trevor Hoffman (mlb)

42-year-old reliever Trevor Hoffman recorded his 593rd career save.

The Brewers offense is supposed to be led by Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun and Cecil Fielder but instead it is 39-year-old Jim Edmonds leading the team.

Edmonds, who has played for Anaheim, St. Louis, The Cubs and San Diego, was out of baseball last year, made his second start in right field for the Brewers. He went 2 for 4 with a double and scored twice.

Obama throws out first pitch; Nationals get blasted by Phillies

compiled from staff and wire reports

Roy Halladay’s National League debut went just as expected as he had pin-point control striking out nine, allowing six hits, one run in six innings helping his new team, the Philadelphia Phillies to an 11-1 blasting of the Washington Nationals.

Halladay even helped himself at the plate with his second career RBI, on a dribbler that traveled no more than 30 feet in the Phillies five-run fourth inning.

Roy Halladay (mlb)

The game was played in our nation’s capital at Nationals Park.

President Barack Obama received a nice thunderous ovation as he took the mound to mark the 100th anniversary of presidential first pitches. The President has admitted that he is not a natural baseball player. The left-hander double-clutched before uncorking a wild wayward delivery that had Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman standing and stretching his arm to make the catch.

President Barack Obama (file Photo)

Obama wore a Nationals jacket but showed his loyalty to his favorite baseball team, by wearing a White Sox hat.

On April 14, 1910, when William Howard Taft became the first president to take part in a first-pitch ceremony. Back during that time, Washington was an American League team and they won that opening game.

President Obama didn’t bring any luck to the Nationals on Monday. The 1910 Washington team wasn’t very good, and the 2010 National League Nationals team started off this season looking like the same team that has lost 100-plus games in 2008 and 2009.


* The Phillies broke a streak of four consecutive opening day losses.

* Nationals 3b Ryan Zimmerman was awarded his 2009 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards before the game. He and Outfielder Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers were the only National Leaguers to win both last year.

Chicago White Sox shutdown Cleveland, 6-0

compiled by staff and wire reports

Mark Buerhle, started his club-record eighth opener,  looked more like the four-time All-Star he is than the guy who won just twice last year after his perfect game against Tampa Bay on July 23.

Buerhle made a highlight-reel between the legs putout and pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and Paul Konerko homered to lead the White Sox to a 6-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

Mark Buerhle (CWS)

Now playing in his 12th season in the Windy City, Paul Konerko got Chicago off to a good start with a two-run drive in the first and Buerhle simply shut the Indians down like he always does, spoiling Jake Westbrook first start in nearly two years and the managerial debut of Manny Acta.

Westbrook, back from reconstructive elbow surgery, tied a club record with four wild pitches, hit Carlos Quentin twice, walked four and allowed 5 runs and five hits in his first start since May 28, 2008.

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