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
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.
E: D Concepcion (1); M Soto 2 (2).
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.
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