St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day 1988- Looking at the Last 50

Monday, April 4, 1988, 2:05  Riverfront Stadium
Managers: Whitey Herzog (STL), Pete Rose (CIN)
Umpires: HP – Lee Weyer, 1B – John McSherry, 2B – Ed Montague, 3B – Fred Brocklander.
Time of Game: 3:43.
Attendance: 55,438.
Field Condition: Dry.
Start Time Weather: 70° F, Sunny, No Precipitation.

St. Louis Cardinals Batting Order

  • Vince Coleman
  • Ozzie Smith
  • Tom Herr
  • Bob Horner
  • Willie McGee
  • Terry Pendleton
  • Tony Pena
  • Jim Lindeman
  • Joe Magrane

Cincinnati Reds Batting Order

  • Barry Larkin
  • Dave Concepcion
  • Kal Daniels
  • Eric Davis
  • Tracy Jones
  • Bo Diaz
  • Nick Esasky
  • Chris Sabo
  • Mario Soto

 

 

 

 

Cardinals Statistics

HR: J Magrane (1, off M Soto, 4th inn, 2 on, 2 outs).
SH: T Herr (1, off P Perry).
IBB: T Pendleton (1, by M Soto); T Herr (1, by J Rijo); B Horner (1, by P Perry).
TB: J Magrane 4; O Smith 2; J Oquendo; J Lindeman; W McGee; T Pendleton; V Coleman.
RBI: J Magrane 3 (3); T Pendleton (1).
2-out RBI: J Magrane 3.
Team LOB: 11.
With RISP: 1 for 10.
Fielding
DP: 3. O Smith-T Herr-B Horner 2; T Herr-O Smith-B Horner.
E: T Pendleton (1); B Horner (1).
Baserunning
SB: V Coleman 2 (2, 3rd base off M Soto/B Diaz, 2nd base off M Soto/B Diaz); O Smith (1, 2nd base off J Rijo/B Diaz).
CS: V Coleman (1, 2nd base by R Murphy/B Diaz).
Pickoffs: W McGee (1st base by M Soto); O Smith (1st base by M Soto).

Reds Statistics

HR: K Daniels (1, off J Magrane, 6th inn, 0 on, 1 out).
SH: B Larkin (1, off B Forsch).
TB: K Daniels 5; B Larkin 2; T Jones 2; J Treadway; C Sabo; B Diaz; D Concepcion.
GIDP: K Daniels 2 (2); E Davis (1).
RBI: K Daniels 2 (2).
2-out RBI: K Daniels.
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 2 for 13.
Fielding
E: D Concepcion (1); M Soto 2 (2).
Baserunning
SB: B Larkin (1, 3rd base off J Magrane/T Pena); C Sabo (1, 2nd base off J Magrane/T Pena).

 

The scoring starts in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Willie McGee singles, then advances to second on a failed pick off play. He advances to third on a balk by the pitcher and Terry Pendleton grounds out for the first run. The Cardinal lead 1-0 after two innings.

Barry Larkin singles to start the Reds half of the third inning and he is balked to second and then steals third on the next pitch. The Reds tie it up 1-1 on a ground out by Kal Daniels.

In the 4th, Pendleton and Lindeman each single and pitcher Joe Magrane hits a 3-run homer to put the Cardinal up 4-1. The Reds counter in the 6th with a homer by Daniels and then two singles and an error to make it a 4-3 Cardinals lead.

In the 7th Sabo singles and steals second and Jeff Treadway pinch hits for the pitcher and drives in a run by a Cardinal error to tie the game. The game remains tied until the bottom of the 12th inning with Bob Forsch on the mound for the Birds. Treadway coaxes a walk to start things and then he is bunted to second. Kal Daniels then singles home the winner with two outs and the Reds win the opener 5-4 in 12 innings.

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BOXSCORE

 

After the Opener

Ozzie Smith, Shortstop, National League Gold Glove

Vince Coleman, National League Stolen Base Leader, 81
Joe Magrane, NL ERA leader, 2.16