After Cardinals starter Todd Wellemeyer (2-1) gave up two runs in the 2nd and two more in the 3rd, the Cardinals tried to rally against Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo, but came up short losing 4-3.
It took Wellemeyer some time to loosen up in the chilly weather and the Reds jumped on him quickly. The play that ended up being the difference came with two on and two out when Edwin Encarnarcion hit a harmless fly ball to left field that Chris Duncan lost as the ball came out of the seats and into the twilight sky. That allowed the Reds to score their fourth run.
The Cardinals had chances against Arroyo (1-3) stranding 10 runners. Rick Ankiel hit a home run in the 5th and had a double. Albert Pujols had two more hits to continue his torrid April, (hitting .382) but the Cards who have been so good early coming up with clutch hits were unable to do it in game one of this series.
Almost a month into the season, this is the first time the Reds have won the first game of a series. Tony LaRussa talks about the missed opportunities and the starters Bronson Arroyo and Todd Wellemeyer discuss their night.