Opening Day ends with loss
Plenty of quotes following a 1-0 Reds loss to the Cardinals. Here are some that did not make my final story on MLB.com/Reds.com:
“Typical Wainwright, we’ve had some success off him in the past and he’s had success in the past. His cutter was moving really well. It seemed like when he did get into a little trouble behind hitters, it seemed like he hit the corners really well. He stayed away from being in the middle of the zone. You look at him and Cueto, that’s what those guys are supposed to do.” — Ryan Ludwick
“After what I witnesses with Chapman, every time that I see something back there, you’re a little scared. He’s a trooper. He bounced back and kept us in the ballgame. He threw a great ballgame.” — Brayan Pena on seeing Johnny Cueto get hit on the left wrist by a Matt Carpenter comebacker that began the game.
“I felt really good today. All of my pitches were where I wanted. I located where I wanted. Everything was good.” — Cueto through translator Tomas Vera.
“I didn’t get overwhelmed or terribly caught up in the fact that it was my first game. I was just trying not to be unprepared. I’ve got a great staff around me of coaches that would not let that happen. Once I got the fruit basket, it was on. And it was great. There’s nothing like a regular season game.” — Reds manager Bryan Price on his first game.
*There were loud ovations today for Aroldis Chapman, Billy Hamilton and Bryan Price among others.
*In injury news updates, reliever Jonathan Broxton remained at extended Spring Training in Goodyear, Ariz., and is scheduled to throw one inning on Tuesday. Broxton (right forearm) is expected to join Double-A Pensacola on Thursday and pitch again on Friday.
*Lefty reliever Sean Marshall (sore left shoulder) is also in Goodyear and slated to throw one inning at the team complex and pitch one inning on Friday vs. the AZL Rockies.
*Catcher Devin Mesoraco (strained left oblique) took batting practice today and will join Pensacola on Thursday.