St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day 1994- Look at the Last 50

Sunday, April 3, 1994, 8:11, Riverfront Stadium

Umpires: HP – Terry Tata, 1B – Eric Gregg, 2B – Steve Rippley, 3B – Brian Gorman.
Time of Game: 2:49.
Attendance: 32,803.
Field Condition: Damp.
Start Time Weather: 39° F, Wind 8mph out to Rightfield, Night, No Precipitation.

Cardinals Line-up

  • Ray Lankford
  • Ozzie Smith
  • Gregg Jeffries
  • Todd Zeile
  • Mark Whiten
  • Bernard Gilkey
  • Luis Alicea
  • Erik Pappas
  • Bob Tewksbury
  • Mgr. Joe Torre

Giants Line-up

  • Tony Fernandez
  • Barry Larkin
  • Hal Morris
  • Kevin Mitchell
  • Reggie Sanders
  • Roberto Kelly
  • Bret Boone
  • Joe Oliver
  • Jose Rijo
  • Mgr. Davey Johnson

The Game

It was a good start for the season as Ray Lankford led off the game by hitting a 3-2 pitch for a home run in the 1st inning. Just like that the Cardinals were in front.

The Reds get started in the bottom of the 2nd inning with 3 runs on 4 hits with the big blow being a lead off double by Kevin Mitchell. Reds lead 3-1.

The Cardinals come back in the third with hits from Pappas, Lankford and Jefferies along with 2 errors from Cincinnati for the Birds to tie the game. The in the 4th, Gilkey singles, Alicea walks and a big double from Tewksbury propels the Cardinals into a 5-3 lead. In the 5th the Cardinals get three singles off of Rijo and another run for a 6-3 lead in the opener.

The bottom of the 6th will see the last run of the game as Reggie Sanders hit s big home run off Tewksbury to make it 6-4. The Cardinals will bring in Vincente Palacios  in the 7th and 8th. He allows one hit, walks two and fans four to notch a “hold” for the game and Mike Perez finishes it in the 9th with one inning of work as he fans tow of three batters he faces.

Final: Cardinals 6 – Reds 4

After Opening Day

The Cardinals went 53-61 during the season and finished tied for 3rd place with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central division, 13 games behind the Cincinnati Reds. The season was cut short due to the infamous 1994 player’s strike.
Catcher Tom Pagnozzi won a Gold Glove this year.

June 2, 1994: Ryan Freel was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 14th round of the 1994 amateur draft, but did not sign.