MLB

more stats

13
Final123456789RHE
Cincinnati00010111913142
St. Louis200101000441
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:S.LeCure(1-0) L:M.Boggs(0-1)
HR: CIN- B.Phillips (2) STL- None
4


National League Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, April 8th (All times Eastern)

Cincinnati Reds (4-2) at St. Louis Cardinals (3-3), 4:15 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Mat Latos (0-0, 4.05) St. Louis - Jaime Garcia (1-0, 1.59)

(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals' offense put on quite a show on the road ahead of the club's 2013 home opener.

The Cards return to Busch Stadium following a six-game swing out west and they'll begin their home slate with the opener of a three-game set against the rival Cincinnati Reds.

St. Louis dropped two of three in Arizona to begin the season and were then shut out 1-0 on Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the defending champion San Francisco Giants. However, the Cards bounced back with a victory on Saturday before erupting for a nine-run fourth frame in Sunday's 14-3 win to take the series.

The Cardinals sent 14 men to the plate in that game-deciding frame as they chased Giants ace Matt Cain from the game. Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran each drove in two runs in the inning, while Adams and Carpenter combined to go 6-for-9 with five RBI and four runs scored.

That offensive showcase allowed Adam Wainwright to cruise to his first victory of the season. He hurled seven innings of two-run ball and struck out six.

"Pitching against Matt (Cain) you have to take that 0-0 mentality," Wainwright said. "I cracked first and I thought I had to keep it there for us to have a chance. Our offense did an amazing job. Against a pitcher like that you never expect anything like that."

St. Louis' big offensive showing came with third baseman David Freese again out of the lineup after opening the season on the disabled list due to a strained lower back. Freese, though, could be activated prior to Monday's opener after hitting .293 last season with 20 homers and 79 RBI last season.

Taking the ball for the Cardinals in their home opener will be 26-year-old Jaime Garcia, who won the lone game of the series with the Diamondbacks last Tuesday.

Garcia lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits, one a solo homer. He also walked four and struck out four, running his career record in April to 8-2 with a 2.00 earned run average in 15 starts.

The left-hander is 8-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 13 career meetings with the Reds, 11 of those starts.

Countering for the Reds will be Mat Latos, who began his second season with the club with a no-decision against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday.

Latos, a 25-year-old righty, struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings, but two of the seven hits he allowed were homers. He gave up three runs in total, but was denied a win due to a blown save.

Latos is 2-4 with a 9.00 ERA in seven previous meetings with the Cardinals.

Cincinnati has begun the 2013 season with consecutive series wins, taking two of three from both the Angels and Washington Nationals. The Reds claimed Sunday's rubber match with the Nats 6-3 thanks to a three-run sixth inning.

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce each had an RBI single in the frame and Bruce ended with three RBI.

"Both sides were scoring early at will. Neither one was sharp. I'm just glad we won the series," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Johnny Cueto earned the win, allowing three runs over six innings. He also struck out six, while Aroldis Chapman worked around a one-out double in the ninth to record his second save of the season.

The Cardinals went 8-7 versus the Reds last season, taking four of six at home.

04/08 10:31:42 ET

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Bulls at Norfolk

    Today at 1:05 pm on 620am

  • NBA: Bobcats at Miami

    Today at 3:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

    Tonight at 7:05 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MiLB: Bulls at Charlotte

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
Final
PIT 7
MIL 8
Final
NYM 5
ATL 7
Final
TAM 16
NYY 1
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
Final
TEX 6
CWS 3
Final
LOS 8
ARI 6
Final
COL 3
PHI 1
Final
SDP 3
SFG 1
1:05pm Today
CLE
TOR
 
1:08pm Today
DET
ANA
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
ATL
 
1:10pm Today
MIA
SEA
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
MIL
 
1:35pm Today
WAS
STL
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
NYY
 
2:10pm Today
KAN
MIN
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
CIN
 
3:05pm Today
TEX
CWS
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
 
4:10pm Today
LOS
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
Final
OKC 100
MEM 86
1:00pm Today
SAN
DAL
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
Final
PIT 3
CLB 4
Final
COL 4
MIN 2
12:00pm Today
NYR
PHI
3:00pm Today
BOS
DET
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
NOR
DUR