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Reds fall to Angels after 13 innings

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During the 13th inning of Reds Opening Day against the L.A. Angels on Monday (Source: Twitter). During the 13th inning of Reds Opening Day against the L.A. Angels on Monday (Source: Twitter).
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

It took nearly 5 hours and 13 innings, but the Reds lost Opening Day to the Angels at Great American Ball Park.

The first extra inning Opening Day game in Cincinnati in 25-years, the Reds could only muster three hits off Angels pitching.

New centerfielder Shin-Soo Choo collected two of the Reds three hits and scored Cincinnati's only run, but it's the missed chances and lack of production from the team's best hitters why the Reds dropped the season opener.

"It was a tough day," said Dusty Baker after the loss.  "Both sides had a bunch of strike outs.  It was plaguing us early last year and especially this spring.  Runners on third and less than two outs, it seems it's all over baseball."

The Reds loaded the bases in the 8th inning with one out, but both Chris Heisey and Jay Bruce struck out to end the inning.  Bruce, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips combined for 0-14 with 6 strike outs.

Chris Iannetta hit a solo home run and a bases-loaded single in the 13th inning off J.J. Hoover to break the tie and vault the Angels to a 3-1 win.

The Reds lost clean-up hitter Ryan Ludwick to a dislocated shoulder while sliding into third base.  He's scheduled for an MRI Tuesday.

"Ground was a little wet and when I slid head first, my hand hit the ground and it stopped," said Ludwick with his arm in a sling.  "My shoulder popped out a little bit."

The Reds have Tuesday off.  Mat Latos will start opening night Wednesday against the Angels.

 

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