Final in 13
4:10 PM ET, April 1, 2013
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
CINCINNATI -- In a game so long that everything became blurred, catcher Chris Iannetta had one thing clearly in mind when he dug in for his final at-bat.Don't strike out again.He didn't. Iannetta singled with the bases loaded in the 13th inning Monday, sending the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in an opener that set a few records and emptied both bullpens and benches.
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It was sunny and 47 degrees at the first pitch. The crowd of 43,168 was the largest at Great American Ball Park for a regular-season game. ... Joe Torre, who managed the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic, threw a ceremonial pitch to Reds 2B Brandon Phillips, who played on the team. ... Weaver became the first AL starter to bat on opening day since Pat Dobson (Orioles) and Mel Stottlemyre Sr. (Yankees) in 1972. Weaver struck out twice, leaving Angels pitchers 1 for 29 all-time on opening day. ... The 4-hour, 45-minute game was the longest opener in Angels history. ... Cueto's nine strikeouts were the most by a Reds pitcher on opening day since Mario Soto struck out 10 in 1982.
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 01: Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch during the game...(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|3rd||C Iannetta homered to left center (413 feet).||1||0|
|3rd||S Choo scored, R Ludwick to third on wild pitch by J Weaver.||1||1|
|13th||C Iannetta singled to left, J Hamilton and H Kendrick scored, H Conger to third.||3||1|
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|Stadium||Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH|
|Attendance||43,168 (102% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||47 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Dale Scott, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - CB Bucknor, Third Base - Todd Tichenor|
From Elias: The Angels and Reds combined .103 average tonight (9-for-87) was the lowest combined batting average by two teams in a season opener since the Braves and Padres (in San Diego) combined for the exact same batting average in 1982 (.103, 6-for-58).
Angels struck out 17 times in their win vs the Reds. That is the most team strikeouts in a WIN on Opening Day in the Live Ball Era.
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