MLB Opening Day 2021: Bad start by Castillo, bad defense by Suarez, Senzel injury leaves Reds with sour taste in loss to St. Louis

The Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s oldest team going back to 1869, opened their 145th season on Thursday with high hopes of making a playoff run for a second straight season.

But the 11-6 loss to division rival St. Louis has some people thinking “same old Reds’ finding a way to lose and look like they weren’t ready to play.

But a season is a marathon and not a sprint and that is why they have 161 more games to right the ship.


Reds leadoff batter & LF Jesse Winker was on base three time. Seen here in 2019 game. Photo By U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez on Wright-Patt Airman Reds Military night, Public Domain,

Reds bullpen

Sal Romano & Carson Fulmer each pitched 2 scoreless innings

Reds RF Nick Castellanos homered, doubled and singled
Reds rookie 2B Jonathan India played well in his MLB debut With a double and single


Ace starting pitcher Luis Castillo did not show that form on Thursday. He was down 6-0 before the Reds even batted. He had 73 pitches in 3.1 IP, 8 hits, 10 runs, 8 Earned with 2 walks and get this, zero strikeouts.

CF Nick Senzel was injured on a diving catch. He left the game with a left shoulder injury.

SS Eugenio Suarez homered and walked. But his two errors hurt and gave the Cardinals two unearned runs.

Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty got early run support and had no trouble with the Reds. Here he is throwing plateward in 2018. By Charles Edward Miller Flickr, website – https photos cemillerphotography, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


The series continues Saturday afternoon at 4:10 with St. Louis sending Adam Wainwright going up against Tyler Mahle.

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