Reds take tough Opening Day loss, fans look at hopeful season

CINCINNATI -- The first loss of the season for the Reds on Opening Day sent fans out of Great American Ball Park with their heads to the ground.

A seventh-inning homer to left from the Cardinals' Yadier Molina took St. Louis to 1, while the Reds had 0 as the ninth inning closed Monday evening.  

Molina's homer was the Cardinals' third hit and broke up an outstanding pitching duel between Cueto and Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. To make matters worse, the winning hit came from the catcher who got in a scrum with Brandon Phillips at home plate in 2010.

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The good news, despite the loss and Molina's memorable mark, there are 161 games left for the Reds to play.

Fans enjoyed a nice day outside for Opening Day festivities and an afternoon at Cincinnati's downtown stadium. Among those fans was Jeremy Earls, who made Monday his twelfth straight Opening Day.

"It's St. Louis. It would have been nice to see them win but Molina always kills us," Earls said. "Oh yeah, this is better than a lot of April games."

Monday was Jessica Jamison's second Opening Day. Even though it was the first time the Reds were shut out on Opening Day since 1953, she looks to the rest of the season to make it up.

"It's just one game," she said. "There's 162 total, so I think we'll be fine."

Mike Pennington is a Reds fan who drove from Dayton for Opening Day. He, too, feels the Opening Day loss has little impact on the season as a whole.

"No, I don't put that much into it," Pennington said. "Last year's game was atrocious. We sat through all those extra-innings and we didn't win."

Fan Devin Ames disagrees. He feels an Opening Day win sets the tone for a winning season.

"I mean, this is my fourth year in a row and getting things off to a good start is always how you want to see it," he said.

The Reds have made the playoffs in three of the last four years. They won Opening Day in two of those three playoff years.

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WCPO reporter Jason Law spoke to fans after the game.

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