CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Castellanos got here out swinging together with his bat a day after being ejected for inciting a bench-clearing melee, hitting a three-run homer and triple to steer the Cincinnati Reds to a 12-1 rout over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
, who gained two in a row to take the opening collection in matchup of NL Central groups that earned wild-card spots final season.
“You wish to win all the time, however what occurred yesterday actually heightened the temper,” Naquin mentioned.
The fiery Castellanos flexed and jawed at St. Louis reliever Jake Woodford after scoring on a wild pitch on Saturday night time. Catcher Yadier Molina took exception, grabbed Castellanos and a collection of scuffles ensued that spilled into the outfield. Castellanos was the one participant tossed.
There was no spillover from the difficulty within the wrap-up sport.
Castellanos stored up his huge collection with a triple within the fourth inning, scoring on a single by Votto. Then with two on and two outs within the fifth,
Castellanos went 6 for 11 within the collection, scoring six runs and driving in 5. He homered twice, tripled and doubled.
“There’s extra power within the clubhouse, extra power on the sector,” Castellanos mentioned, clearly prepared to maneuver on from the Saturday incident. “Reds Nation is blissful proper now.”
Naquin, who began in left subject for the ailing Jesse Winker, homered into the right-field seats throughout a six-run sixth inning.
“It simply wasn’t actual fairly for a little bit little bit of the final a part of the sport,” Playing cards supervisor Mike Shildt mentioned. “It’s not one thing I’m involved about as a result of it’s one thing we gained’t see commonly.”
Reds starter Jeff Hoffman (1-0), acquired from the Colorado Rockies in an low season commerce, gave up a simply run on three hits by means of 5 innings and struck out six.
“That one positively felt good,” Hoffman mentioned. “Daily once I come to the park I really feel prefer it’s a brand new starting. It’s nice to be right here.”
St. Louis scored its lone run within the fifth when Tyler O’Neill doubled and Molina singled, the one time Reds pitching allowed the Cardinals back-to-back hits.
Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson, getting his first begin, had three hits and scored thrice. Alex Blandino drove in two runs.
The 27 runs scored have been the third most ever scored by the Reds within the first three video games of the season. The 1895 group scored 36 within the first three, and the 1976 group had 33, in accordance with the Elias Sports activities Bureau.
“Our guys labored so onerous final yr and didn’t get the outcomes,” Cincinnati supervisor David Bell mentioned. “It’s good that you simply see the arrogance once you get outcomes. We’ve got a protracted approach to go, but it surely’s vital that our offense is a giant half.”
NOT TOO BAD
Martinez gave up the large hits to Castellanos, however he and Shildt weren’t too dissatisfied in his efficiency. He gave up 4 runs on 4 hits by means of 5 innings. The subsequent three relievers surrendered eight runs on eight hits.
Cardinals: Shildt mentioned LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (again) will throw in a simulated sport on Tuesday, and RHP Miles Mikolas (proper shoulder) would quickly report back to the group’s alternate web site to proceed rehab. Each pitchers began the season on the 10-day disabled listing.
Reds: Winker left Saturday’s sport as a result of he wasn’t feeling nicely, and did not play Sunday. Bell did not present some other particulars.
Cardinals: Ship RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon in opposition to Marlins LHP Trevor Rogers within the first of a three-game set in Miami.
Reds: Begin RHP José De León in opposition to Pittsburgh RHP JT Brubaker as their homestand continues with a three-game collection in opposition to the Pirates.
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