Cincinnati Reds Win Opener with St. Louis Cardinals

Stop the presses!  Stop the presses!  The Cincinnati Reds have done something that has been near impossible so far this season.  They played small ball and actually won a game.  Without hitting a single homerun in GABP, the Cincinnati Reds came from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Friday evening in the Queen City.  (Todd Frazier hit a solo shot to make the score 2-1, then the Reds broke open the game.  But it was small ball that proved the winner.)  It was the first game back from the All-Star break for both teams.

Brandon Phillips, the snubbed All-Star, showed why he should have been voted and/or named to the team.  He went 3 for 4 (double and 2 singles) with 2 runs scored and improved his batting average to .286.  His fielding wasn’t what has come to be normal for the second baseman, but he said he and Zack Cozart were a little rusty from the layoff.  Look for that to pick up soon.

Mat Latos, who didn’t figure in the win and kept his 7-game win streak going, kept the Cincinnati Reds in the game by allowing 2 runs in 5 innings of work.  Alfredo Simon (1-1) picked up his first win as a Red by pitching two scoreless innings. 

Aroldis Chapman, the Cuban Missile, came on to record his 12th save of the season by striking out the side in the 9th.  He did allow a bat shattering single, but that was it.   He now has 74 strikeouts in a little over 40 innings of work.

Even though the Reds only compiled 7 hits, they made the most of a Cardinal error to push 5 runs in the last 4 innings to come from behind to win. 

The Cincinnati Reds won for the forth straight time.  And again, it is worth repeating that they did it without hitting a homerun.  For a team that was 11-24 before Friday, that is saying something.

The Cincinnati Reds are now 48-38 and back to 10 games over .500.  The same two teams will go at it again on Saturday afternoon as the Reds send Mike Leake to the mound to look to keep the streak going.

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