2:10 PM ET, March 31, 2011
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
CINCINNATI -- The Brewers got off to a powerful start, and the defending NL Central champions had the big finish.One game in, the Reds are at it again.Ramon Hernandez hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday, rallying Cincinnati to a 7-6 victory over Milwaukee in an opening-day flashback to its championship season."I've played 12 years, and this is the most amazing Opening Day," said Hernandez, who ended it with his fourth hit. "To get that type of win is great, and to do it on a day like today gets people even more excited. It's amazing."
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• Hernandez's walk-off home run was the third walk-off homer of his career and he became the first Red to do so on Opening Day since Joe Randa in 2005.
• Hernandez is also the first player to hit a walk-off home run on Opening Day since Ryan Zimmerman in 2008.
• Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez homered to start the game for the Brewers. The last time a team hit back-to-back home runs to start the season was the Reds in 1969.
• Yovani Gallardo (6 IP, 2 ER) took the no-decision, while John Axford (2/3 IP, 4 ER) blew his first save opportunity of the season.
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Hernandez is the fifth Reds player since 1900 to have four hits on Opening Day, joining C Bubbles Hargrave (1924), OF Babe Herman (1936), OF Jim Greengrass (1954) and OF Paul O'Neill (1989). ... Logan Ondrusek got the victory with one inning in relief. ... Reds 1B Joey Votto received his NL MVP award before the game. He homered and drove in a pair of runs. ... The Reds are 65-69-1 on opening day, the Brewers 23-19-1. ... The Reds played a tribute to former manager Sparky Anderson on the video board before the game. Anderson died in November. The Reds are wearing a "Sparky" patch on their right sleeves. His No. 10 was marked on the back of the mound.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 8-8 (as of Thu 3/31)|
|» Thu 3/31||@CIN 7, MIL 6||Box Score|
|Sat 4/2||@CIN 4, MIL 2||Recap|
|Sun 4/3||@CIN 12, MIL 3||Recap|
|Mon 4/25||CIN 9, @MIL 5||Recap|
|Tue 4/26||@MIL 3, CIN 2||Recap|
|Wed 4/27||CIN 7, @MIL 6||Recap|
|Mon 5/30||@CIN 7, MIL 3||Recap|
|Tue 5/31||MIL 7, @CIN 2||Recap|
|Wed 6/1||@CIN 4, MIL 3||Recap|
|Thu 7/7||@MIL 5, CIN 4||Recap|
|Fri 7/8||@MIL 8, CIN 7||Recap|
|Sat 7/9||CIN 8, @MIL 4||Recap|
|Sun 7/10||@MIL 4, CIN 3||Recap|
|Fri 9/16||MIL 6, @CIN 3||Recap|
|Sat 9/17||MIL 10, @CIN 1||Recap|
|Sun 9/18||MIL 8, @CIN 1||Recap|
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|1st||R Weeks homered to left center (392 feet).||1||0|
|1st||C Gomez homered to left (409 feet).||2||0|
|1st||C McGehee hit sacrifice fly to right, R Braun scored.||3||0|
|1st||J Votto hit sacrifice fly to center, D Stubbs scored.||3||1|
|2nd||R Weeks doubled to left, W Nieves scored.||4||1|
|4th||D Stubbs homered to right (369 feet).||4||2|
|5th||R Braun homered to center (445 feet).||5||2|
|7th||C McGehee singled to right, R Braun scored, P Fielder to third.||6||2|
|7th||J Votto homered to right (381 feet).||6||3|
|9th||J Gomes hit sacrifice fly to center, B Phillips scored.||6||4|
|9th||R Hernandez homered to right (366 feet), J Votto and S Rolen scored.||6||7|
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|Stadium||Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH|
|Attendance||42,398 (100.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||41 degrees, overcast|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Brian Gorman, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Dan Bellino|
From Elias: Ramon Hernandez's walk-off home run was the FIRST OPENING DAY WALK-OFF HR, in which the winning team was trailing by at least two runs at the time of the home run
From Elias: The Reds start off 2011 like they did 2010...This year, the Reds beat the Brewers with a walk-off HR on Opening Day. Last year, the Reds were 3rd in MLB with 45 comeback wins. Their first 6 wins of the season came in their final turn at the plate (they were 2nd team since 1900 to do that, joining the 1970 Giants, according to Elias Sports Bureau)
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