|Wacha paces Cardinals past Reds 5-3|
|Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:00 AM|
ST. LOUIS — Michael Wacha outdid Tony Cingrani in a rematch of young power arms and the St. Louis Cardinals got a 3-run double from Yadier Molina in the first inning, beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 in their home opener on Monday.
Standing room attendance of 47,492, the largest crowd at 9-year-old Busch Stadium, braved daylong rain and temperatures in the 40s to greet the National League champions and take a look at the new Ballpark Village. Hundreds milled about the attached complex, which features five sports bars and rooftop seating.
The Cardinals bunched three hits and a walk over the first five hitters to take the early lead against Cingrani (0-1), who allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings six days earlier in Cincinnati.
The Cards went 1-for-18 before adding RBIs from Matt Holliday and Allen Craig off Trevor Bell in a 2-run seventh.
St. Louis ended a 3-game losing streak on opening day, including a blowout loss to the Reds last year.
The 22-year-old Wacha (1-0) hadn't allowed a run in 21 career innings against the Reds before back-to-back doubles by Brayan Pena and pinch hitter Roger Bernadina in the fifth cut the Cardinals' lead to 3-1.
The NL championship series MVP benefited from two double-play balls in six stingy innings and has permitted one run in 13 2/3 innings his first two starts.
Cingrani needed 31 pitches to exit the first and lasted four innings, striking out five but walking four. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said before the game that his hitters had been a "click off" with timing against the 24-year-old lefty last week and should benefit from another chance so soon.
Peter Bourjos moved up to second in the order and got his first two hits of the season after an 0-for-13 start. Craig got his third hit and third RBI of the season after entering 2-for-22.
Seeing Wacha once again didn't do the Reds any good.
The start of the game was delayed 12 minutes after the inclement weather combined with pregame ceremonies that featured the traditional grand entrance with players, coaches and Hall-of-Famers touring Busch Stadium on the back of convertibles and trucks. A team of Clydesdales was kept in the stable due to concerns the field might be damaged.
Billy Hamilton doubled to start the game and the Reds put the leadoff man on base in the first four innings but were undone by two double plays.
Zack Cozart broke an 0-for-22 slump to start the season with a bloop RBI single and pinch hitter Neftali Soto had a sacrifice fly for his first career RBI in the ninth against St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal.
The Cardinals opened the first with singles by Matt Carpenter and Bourjos and Holliday walked to load the bases with none out. Craig struck out before Molina cleared them with a drive to left center on a 1-2 pitch.
NOTES: Lance Lynn (1-0, 5.40) opposes Homer Bailey (0-1, 8.31) in the second game of the series, another rematch from the season-opening series in Cincinnati. Lynn allowed three runs in five innings and Bailey gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings in St. Louis' 7-6 win. ... The Reds anticipate activating reliever Jonathan Broxton (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list today. The team held off making the move Monday to give Broxton two days off after pitching on consecutive days. ... Pena had two doubles and caught Cingrani for the second straight start. Devin Mesoraco was activated from the DL earlier in the day and figures to get the bulk of the playing time.
Indians, Padres postponed by rain
CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber's got a cloud hanging over him so far this season.
And it's already opened up twice.
For the second time in a week, Cleveland's right-hander had a start postponed because of rain as Monday's interleague series opener between the Indians and San Diego Padres was washed out.
With steady rains falling at Progressive Field and the forecast for more showers and no window to play, the Indians announced the postponement less than two hours before the scheduled opening pitch.
The teams will play a traditional doubleheader on Wednesday with the first game scheduled to begin at 12:05 p.m. The second game will start 20 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.
Last week, Kluber's season debut in Oakland was postponed as the Athletics were rained out for the first time since 1998. The Indians and A's made up the rainout the following day with a day-night doubleheader, the earliest doubleheader in baseball history, according to STATS.
So, is this Kluber's fault?
"I don't know if you can blame this one on Klubes," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "It seems like there is always a pitcher, though, who catches it."
Kluber, incidentally, was drafted by the Padres in 2007.
Because the Padres are not scheduled to come back to Cleveland again this season due to the interleague format, the Indians decided to make up the postponement as soon as possible rather than push it back to a later date.
"This is obviously the only time we'll play San Diego so it makes sense to play and not have them flying back on some other day off," Francona added. "It's too easy to put it off until later and all of a sudden there's a lot of laters. So I think making it up now makes sense."
The Padres, who are making their first visit to Cleveland since 2008, don't deal with many rainouts in California.
"It doesn't happen much in San Diego but in other parts of the country and in other parts of your career, you get accustomed to this," said manager Bud Black, who had two stints as a pitcher with the Indians. "It's always a little unsettling but most players are conditioned for days like this based on the number of times this happens over one's career."
Still, the Indians are conditioned to the weather they've faced since returning home.
Their home opener against Minnesota on Friday was delayed more than two hours by rain and they played three straight games against the Twins in blustery, frigid conditions.
"It's tough," Indians catcher Yan Gomes said. "Even San Francisco, man, it was cold out there, too. Coming out here and playing in the cold weather, I know it takes a toll on a lot of guy's bodies. But hey, you can't pick your spots. You've got to play in this kind of weather and the other teams are doing the same."
Kluber's start is pushed back until today against San Diego's Tyson Ross. Zach McAllister will start one of Wednesday's games and Francona announced the Indians will promote a starter from the minors for the other. The Padres are bumping Monday's starter, left-hander Robbie Erlin, back to Wednesday with lefty Eric Stults starting the other game. The Padres haven't decided in which order they'll pitch.
Playing two doubleheaders in a week can be taxing on any pitching staff but Francona said it's not a major issue as long as games aren't cancelled on consecutive days.
"When you start missing two or three games then you have to start to skip guys and we haven't had to do that," he added.
What's been challenging or the Indians so far has been the cold. After spending spring training in beautiful Arizona, they've returned to a winter that still has its grip on Cleveland.
"It's difficult but at the same time you have to be mentally tough," outfielder Michael Brantley said. "We know what we're getting into coming to Cleveland, especially in the beginning part of the year. We layer up and stay as warm as possible."
NOTES: Francona does not yet know if CF Michael Bourn will travel with the club to Chicago, where the Indians will begin a 7-game trip on Thursday. Bourn is on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He was eligible to be activated on the weekend but has made only one minor-league rehab appearance and needs to play more. ... The Indians are 148-155 in interleague play. The Padres are 119-155 against AL teams.
Orioles acquire RHP Preston Guilmet from Indians
NEW YORK — The Baltimore Orioles have acquired right-hander Preston Guilmet from the Indians for outfielder Torsten Boss in an exchange of minor-leaguers.
The Orioles announced the deal Monday during their game against the New York Yankees. Gimlet was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Nolan Reimold was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Guilmet on the 40-man roster. Reimold is recovering from cervical spine fusion surgery.
The 26-year-old Guilmet has a 2.57 ERA and 90 saves in 196 minor-league games. He had a 1.68 ERA and 20 saves for Triple-A Columbus last year.
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