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Apr 3, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (26) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina (4) after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals-Reds Series Recap

The St Louis Cardinals wrapped up their opening series with the Cincinnati Reds. Here is our series recap.

Outcome. 

The Cardinals were able to win on Opening Day with a stellar performance by Adam Wainwright. Yadier Molina’s solo home run was all the Cardinals needed for a 1-0 victory. The pitching dominance continued in the second game of the series as Michael Wacha and Tony Cigrani dominated and it wasn’t until the bottom of the 9th when the Reds got the 1 run to win the game.

The third game of the series was an offensive onslaught from the beginning with 2 home runs in the bottom of the first inning by Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier. The Cardinals scored 7 unanswered runs to go up 7-3. The Reds would score 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th but would not overcome their deficit as they lost the deciding game of the series 7-6.

Player of the Series. 

Adam Wainwright

Baseball people love to talk about the young pitchers in the Cardinals system but the established ace of the rotation dominated on opening day. That’s how you keep your spot at the top of the rotation for years to come.

Play of the Series

Maybe not the play of the series, but definetely the one most talked about on social media.

 

Epilogue

The Cardinals won the series. That’s the most important takeaway from this series. When the Cardinals needed runs, they got just as much as they needed. Now the Cardinals will continue their NL Central showdowns in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. These opening series are crucial because they are all against NL Central foes and the Cardinals can get out to an early lead in the division and set the tone for the rest of the season. Baseball is finally back in St. Louis.

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