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Angels outlast the Reds in Opening Day marathon

Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

Ryan Hanigan, Chris Iannetta AP

It took a while, but the first ever interleague matchup on Opening Day is in the books. In a four-hour and 45-minute marathon, the Angels topped the Reds 3-1 in 13 innings this evening at Great American Ballpark.

While the hyped trio of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton combined to go 1-for-14 with three walks, catcher Chris Iannetta did the heavy lifting for the Angels’ offense. After smacking a solo home run off Johnny Cueto in the top of the third inning, he eventually broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single off J.J. Hoover in the 13th.

Jered Weaver gave up just one run on two hits over six innings in his fourth consecutive Opening Day assignment. Garrett Richards, Sean Burnett, Kevin Jepsen, Scott Downs, Mark Lowe and Ernesto Frieri then combined to allow just one hit and three walks over seven shutout innings of relief. Lowe got the win in his Angels’ debut while Frieri notched the save.

  1. mirmz - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Ianetta on pace for a monster 486 RBI season.

  2. jm91rs - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Great pitching by both staffs.

  3. firedustybaker - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Great decision making by Johnnie B. Baker. Takes the bat out the hands of both Phillips and Votto in the 8th by having BP sacrifice. Then keeps in Hoover after 45 pitches who gives up the two run single. If he’s this bad in game 1, how the heck is this team going to overcome him at the end of the season?

    • db105 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:44 AM

      Is this really unexpected? Most MLB managers consistently mismanage games. By default someone will win. Dusty is right up there with Don Mattingly as king of mismanagement.

    • moogro - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:19 AM

      Manager’s loss today. The Reds were looking like the underdog all day, but the pitchers kept them in the game. By the 7th it was clear from the combination of poor at-bats by the superstars and the pitch-arounds and walks that this was to be a game won by the team that had the last remaining reliever that could throw strikes. After the disastrous decisions in the 8th, this was confirmed in the 9th. Strangely, Chapman, who was stretching out all spring, is out after 20 dominant pitches. OK, hmm. Alright. Then let’s go on to the 13th. Reds pitchers have gotten through many jams. Well done. Hoover has already thrown a ton of pitches, and is told to walk Kendrick with two outs and Hamilton on second. OK, maybe. Yea. Alright. But wait, he’s left in, and plunks Conger, and is really looking shaky now. But he stays in again to lose the game to Iannetta, the only guy who looks good at the plate. WTF was that?

      • cggarb - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        That situation was the culmination of a half dozen poor decisions, but I can’t say that I’d bring in Alfredo Simon with the bases full.

    • jarathen - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Scioscia was also killing rallies with idiotic sacrifice bunts when he had Kendrick pull it with no outs and runners on 1st and 2nd. I’m not saying it will always work out, but there’s no need to give away outs at that point.

      Both teams tried to waste opportunities; the Reds simply succeeded more fully at that.

      I’m disappointed that there’s no Angels baseball today, but I’m sure the bullpen is not.

      I will say I liked Scioscia giving Richards a longer leash. He should be their long relief man, and not just in blowouts. He’s better than that and needs to be able to spot start or slot into the rotation if needed.

  4. historiophiliac - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Geez, I wonder if there will be a post at all today featuring the AL Champs’ first game.

    • chacochicken - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      We could just spontaneously discuss the aforementioned champs and their game today. Verlander only pitched 5 innings: sad face but, Fielder looks like he’s in mid-season roundness.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        Hunter had a good day. I was pleased. I think we will gel nicely. Dirks. sigh Well, not totally sucky. You noted, of course, that Harper had to hit a solo homer to get an RBI, but MVP Miggy can do it with a ground out.

        BTW, I’m giving a test in class tonight. Bonus question on the board: Who’s my team and did we win today? 😀

      • UgglasForearms - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:13 AM

        What’s with all the thumbs down? We all have a favorite team or two. Leave ‘Philiac alone!!!

  5. halohonk - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    So much for the halo pitching letting them down. Mlb schedule makers must be smoking something. Angels open in Cincy against a NL team then schedule the next day off then 2 more against the Reds before going to Texas. Why Cincy? All i can think of is they wanted to see a preview of the World Series. If thats the case the Angels should have played the Dodgers!

    • greghandle - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:04 AM

      If you have to ask why Cincinnati gets an opening day game at home, then you obviously don’t know anything about baseball. Also, with fifteen teams in each league, there will now be an interleague series played every day somewhere. Obviously the schedule makers you talk of hate the Angels, since it has to be a conspiracy. This must be why they were chosen and exposes your severe limitation when it comes to cognitive power at the same time.

  6. jm91rs - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Anyone else think that game could have been about 45 minutes shorter if the Ump would call balls and strikes A)more consistently and B)a little sooner than 15 seconds after the ball hit the mitt.

    Really, the batters could have gotten to first base on a questionable 4th ball before the Ump made the call. He was so happy to be the star of that show.

    • jarathen - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      I was only listening to the game, but Mark Langston seemed to think Chapman’s strike zone was pretty darn tight.

      • jm91rs - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Chapman had a few that didn’t go his way. Luckily he didn’t let that get him down (I feel like he’s very emotional and one bad thing leads to another with Chapman). Both sides weren’t getting the calls, and then at the end of the game the zone expanded quite a bit on some pitches. But those calls, they took FOREVER!

  7. halohonk - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Greghandle…all i asked is why they scheduled the Angels to face the Reds in the opener. I know the Reds traditionally play the opener but why an interleague game? I think thats the first time thats happened. I’m sure you have the answer for that Mr Peabody. Also why the Angels? Why not the Indians? You seem to be the expert. Lets hear your explanation Mr Baseball.

    • savvybynature - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Reds v. Indians is almost always a sell out or close to it at any point in the season, and Opening Day is always a sell out. The Reds management wouldn’t have liked it if they had to open against the Indians, and if there is one thing the league is happy to help teams with it’s selling tickets.

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