Cincinnati's baseball holiday ends 60-game streak

03/31/2014 07:48 PM

No one does Opening Day quite like Cincinnati. As Sparky Anderson said, “It’s a holiday, a baseball holiday! Ain’t no other place in America got that!” Opening Day in Cincinnati included the annual Opening Day Parade, a packed block party downtown, a Pete Rose standing ovation, first pitches from Concepcion and Larkin… and unfortunately for Cincinnati, a Cardinals win.

It was scoreless through the sixth, but Yadier Molina broke the tie in the top of the seventh, putting the Cardinals up 1-0. Though Billy Hamilton’s first Opening Day was much anticipated, it was a rough one for him with four strikeouts. His teammates said they’re certain he’ll come out and play well on Wednesday and Manager Bryan Price agreed, “I don’t see any issues with Billy. I see him going up against Adam Wainwright who’s good… He’ll be back in there day after tomorrow doing his thing.”

On the Cards side, it was a strong Opening Day for Adam Wainwright who went 7 innings with 0 runs, 4 hits, and left the game with a 1-0 lead.

There was finally some Reds action in the bottom of the eighth. A few Cardinal errors gave Cincinnati some opportunities, but they couldn’t capitalize and finished the game scoreless. The Reds had a streak of 60 straight Opening Day games in which they scored at least 1 run, the second-longest streak in Major League history. That ended with a shutout today, the first time that’s happened on Reds Opening Day since Cincinnati lost 2-0 vs. Milwaukee in April of 1953.


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