MLB Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Cincinnati|
(Monday, April 1st)
Final Score: LA Angels 3, Cincinnati 1 (13 innings)
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Chris Iannetta delivered a two-run single in
the top of the 13th inning to lift the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 3-1
win over the Cincinnati Reds.
A crowd of 43,168, the largest for a regular-season game at Great American
Ball Park, had gathered to take in the first-ever interleague Opening Day
What they witnessed was an incredible pitching duel, and the Angels were
finally able to break through against Cincinnati's bullpen.
Los Angeles had stranded two men in the 11th and wasted a one-out triple by
Peter Bourjos in the next frame.
In the 13th, however, Iannetta ripped a bases-loaded single off J.J. Hoover
(0-1) past diving third baseman Todd Frazier to score high-priced free-agent
acquisition Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick.
"It was a great at-bat," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Iannetta's
efforts. "He got himself in a hole, worked himself back in, fouled a pitch off
and then hit a rocket."
Ernesto Frieri worked around a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning to
earn the save.
Reliever Mark Lowe (1-0) tossed two innings to pick up the win for the Angels,
who missed the playoffs for the third straight year in 2012.
Iannetta also homered off Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto in the third inning.
The defending National League Central champs tied things up in the home half
of the third. Newcomer Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff double and a tapper over
the mound by Brandon Phillips moved him to third. After Ryan Ludwick drew a
two-out walk, Choo scored on Angels starter Jered Weaver's wild pitch, sliding
home just ahead of the tag.
"I got a late jump but...I saw my foot on home plate just barely (ahead of the
tag)," Choo said.
Ludwick continued on to third while the Angels argued the call and dislocated
his right shoulder on the slide. The club announced Ludwick will have an MRI
on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury.
The Angels loaded the bases in the seventh, but Cueto fanned Iannetta and
pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck to escape the jam.
Cincinnati looked to snap the deadlock as a pinch-hitting Xavier Paul reached
on Kendrick's fielding error to begin the eighth and Choo followed with a
After Phillips dropped down a sacrifice bunt, Joey Votto was intentionally
walked to load the bases. Chris Heisey, who replaced Ludwick, and Jay Bruce
both went down swinging to end the threat.
Weaver gave up two hits, walked two and struck out four over six innings. He
made his fourth straight season-opening start for the Angels and became the
first American League starting pitcher to bat on Opening Day since Baltimore's
Pat Dobson and New York's Mel Stottlemyre, Sr. on April 16, 1972 ... The
Angels have won five consecutive Opening Day games, the longest streak in
franchise history ... Cueto scattered three hits, walked two and fanned nine
in seven frames. He became the first Reds pitcher to make consecutive Opening
Day starts since Aaron Harang (2006-10) ... The Halos compiled a 4-2 record in
two previous series against the Reds.
04/02 01:20:14 ET