Cincinnati 4, Cardinals 3

Heisey wins it. (AP photo)

This is the kind of thing that drove me crazy last year. Staked to a 3-0 lead, starter Jaime Garcia had trouble keeping in command, and the Reds got 11 of their 14 hits off him in 4 2/3 innings. It could have been worse; the Reds stranded 13 baserunners in the game. Still, the Redbirds kept it knotted at 3-3 until Marc Rzepczynski got into the weeds in the bottom of the 9th, giving up a double, followed by an intentional walk. Fernando Salas was brought in to douse the flames, but he gave up a hit to pinch-hitter Chris Heisey, who carries a .252 career average, and that scored the winner.

Okay, this is going to happen, but that fact doesn’t make it any easier to take. I also have to wonder why Manager Mike Matheny rested Carlos Beltran and David Freese, who have been hot. Seems kind of early in the year to be doing that. John Jay homered, though.

Oh, well, a day off, and then Adam Wainwright goes to the mound against the Cubs for the home opener Friday. Here’s to a fine weekend of baseball in St. Louis.



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