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Opening Day can only do so much for a lack of offense; Reds lose 2-1

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Final - 4.6.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Johan Santana - 5.2 IP, R, 3 H, 7 K and 4 BB.

Key Plays

  • The Reds had 2 runners on in the first inning, but failed to get anyone home when Jay Bruce flied out.
  • The Mets loaded the bases in the fourth, but Harang coaxed a pop up out of Johan Santana to get out of the jam.
  • The Reds had 2 runners on in the fourth, but failed to score when Ramon Hernandez swung at the first pitch after a walk and grounded out to shortstop.
  • Daniel Murphy hit the first HR of the year in GABP in the 5th inning off of Harang to put the Mets up 1-0.  The Mets threatened for more in the inning, but Bruce threw out David Wright at home plate and Harang managed to get out of the inning.
  • Daniel Ray Herrera walked a couple of hitters in the 6th to load the bases and the Mets tacked on another run on a ground out.  Mike Lincoln was brought in to snuff out the rally.
  • The Reds finally got on the board when Darnell McDonald havocked his way to third base and scored on Brandon Phillips sacrifice fly.

via FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Harang was playing a lot of bend, but don't break throughout the game.  He threw 114 pitches in his 5 innings of work, something that he will definitely have to improve if he's going to a workhorse this season.
  • I'd say the offense looked anemic, but that would be an insult to all those nice people with iron deficiencies out there.  They did draw 5 walks on the day, clearly clogging the bases in the process.
  • Darnell McDonald didn't garner a lot of fans in this game.  His defense was somewhat lacking in the outfield, but he did have one of the Reds 3 hits and scored the only run for the whole team.
  • At least the weather wasn't too nasty at BW3s.