With a 1-0 win on Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals gave the Cincinnati Reds their first shutout on Opening Day since Max Surkont pitched a complete game shutout on April 13, 1953 for the Milwaukee Braves.
The Cardinals did so behind seven solid innings pitched by staff ace Adam Wainwright. For the ace pitcher from Georgia, it was the 100th win of his major league career.
The Cardinals were limited to five hits on Monday and scored only once. The run that scored was huge nevertheless as perennial MVP candidate Yadier Molina launched the first home run of the season for the first of his two hits on the day.
The Reds put the shift on for Matt Adams but he launched it the other way for a single and a double.
There were a few errors but the Cardinals will settle down in time and control them. One was a fielding error by center fielder Peter Bourjos.
In what could be seen as Billy Hamilton‘s downfall as a major league hitter, he struck out all four times that he walked up to the plate. It’s very hard to be a stolen base threat when one cannot reach base. This shows the power of the Cardinals pitching arms.
One game down, 161 more games to go.
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