By: Zane Miller
The Reds began their first week of the regular season with - , as they won 5-3 on Opening Day on Thursday afternoon at home over the Pittsburgh Pirates, but lost 5-0 in the following game on Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. The team remained at home to face the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night, as the Reds lost 4-3.
“You’re trusting the process, you’re trusting the track record, you’re trusting that you put guys in a certain position for a reason,” Reds manager David Bell told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It is, as we say, a game of adjustments. You’re constantly looking, if you need to make an adjustment, you’re going to be proactive with that.”
Reds pinch hitter Derek Dietrich led the team offensively in the Opening Day win, as he came off the bench and hit a go-ahead three-run home run to help put the Reds in front and give them the lead which they would not give up. Reds starter Luis Castillo went five and two-thirds innings with just one earned run given up on two hits and three walks to earn the victory, as Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon picked up the loss with six innings pitched, giving up four earned runs on six hits and a pair of walks. Reds relief pitcher David Hernandez picked up the save with one walk allowed in one-third of an inning pitched.
The team will next play on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon at home to finish off their series with the Brewers, before playing in their first road series of the season against the Pirates.