Game 2, Reds vs. Cardinals
Here is the Reds lineup for Wednesday night.
There was some questions raised by Chris Carpenter after Monday’s opener about the slickness of the baseballs he pitched with. Like John Smoltz did last season with St. Louis, Carpenter did not like the way the mud was applied to the balls.
“I don’t know if they do it on purpose, intentionally or unintentionally,” Carpenter said. “It’s no big deal. I understand [Reds starter] Aaron Harang is throwing the same baseballs. If they’re not doing it intentionally, they need to take a look at it. If they are doing it intentionally, it’s unprofessional.”
When asked on Wednesday, Harang said this:
“I think more what it is – sometimes they have a little chalky feel to them,” Harang said. “The chalk will build up and sit on the ball if they’ve been sitting there for a little bit. You just wipe it off.”
“They’re the only ones [that complain]. It’s not like that for anybody else. Maybe it’s a bad batch.”
Balls are mudded up for both teams by the same person — the attendant in the umpire’s locker room. They are inspected before the game by the umpires.
*Johnny Cueto complained about a stiff back after his last spring start. It appears not be an issue anymore heading into Wednesday’s regular season debut.
“If the trainer doesn’t say anything and Johnny said nothing, it must be nothing,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
*The Reds are holding a game 2 “Opening Night” and have the TV broadcast team and grounds crew wearing tuxedos. There is also live music between innings, a meet and greet with players in the Fan Zone before the game and full team introductions and a F-16 flyover during pregame ceremonies. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan is throwing a ceremonial first pitch. Postgame, a fireworks shows was planned.
*The expected attendance was 28,000 before the game. From the Reds, here is a list of the past second games of the season. Usually there is a big drop off from the Opening Day sellout, which is a bummer. Game 2 counts the same as Game 1.
1997- 20,210 vs. Rockies
1998- 13,706 vs. Padres
1999- 17,310 vs. Giants
2000- 16,761 vs. Brewers
2001- 20,784 vs. Braves
2002- 19,745 vs. Cubs
2003- 26,096 vs. Pirates
2004- 26.204 vs. Cubs
2005- 22,301 vs. Mets
2006- 27,287 vs. Cubs
2007- 25,965 vs. Cubs
2008- 14,016 vs. Dbacks
2009- 13,568 vs. Mets
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