The Cincinnati Reds and St Louis Cardinals ended their competitive opening week series late this afternoon. The Cards take the finale of it 7-6 as the bats from both sides woke up after pitching ruled the day in the first two games. Here are the quotes from the Reds clubhouse and a quote from Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.
“This whole series has been kind of weird with the rain,” said Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, who hit two homers in the loss. “It kind of puts a damper on it before the game. You’re ready to play at a certain time and what are you going to do? You try to take a nap or play cards, I don’t know, but [unless] somebody figures out how to give you energy right before the game, you just can’t do it.”
“For me, missing those 2 1/2 weeks without mound time [because of a right groin strain] in Spring Training kind of came back and bit me today,” Bailey said. “You could definitely tell I wasn’t sharp. Lots of walks, just a lot of pitches that missed by an inch or two.” Bailey went 4 1/3 innings giving up four runs, don’t freak out Reds fans, he’ll be fine just rusty now.
“It’s not like I can use that as an excuse or make any excuses, period,” Bailey said. “It’s a good hitting team over there and they came out ready to play.”
“For me, I’d rather keep a long guy in the game and let him hit rather than burn through two or three other relief pitchers every time the pitcher’s spot came up,” Price said.
“It would have been nice for it to get a couple inches higher there,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “That could have been a very crazy play, but that would have been a nice one to have.” On the instant replay review in the sixth inning.
“What ended up happening is one umpire ruled out and the other one ruled safe,” Price said. “There was a little bit of discrepancy there. Gary Cederstrom, the crew chief, decided to review the play without my request because they wanted to get the call right. What we found was the ball got over Billy’s glove, hit the top of the wall and came back in play, and they got the right call.”
“That’s what we need to keep doing,” Frazier said. “It shows signs that we’ve got a team that can hit. We’ve got a team that can put runs up. And we’ve got a team that pitching has always been there. We just have to finish.”