Milwaukee at Cincinnati

W: L. Ondrusek (1-0) L: J. Axford (0-1)
HR: MIL - R. Weeks (1),C. Gomez (1),R. Braun (1)   CIN - D. Stubbs (1),J. Votto (1),R. Hernandez (1)

Hernandez belts two-out, walk-off HR as Reds win wire reports

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers got off to a powerful start, and the defending NL Central champions had the big finish.

One game in, the Reds are at it again.

Ramon Hernandez hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday, rallying Cincinnati to a 7-6 victory over Milwaukee in an opening-day flashback to its championship season.

"I've played 12 years, and this is the most amazing opening day," said Hernandez, who ended it with his fourth hit. "To get that type of win is great, and to do it on a day like today gets people even more excited. It's amazing."

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Quite a start. Quite a finish.

The Brewers became the first team in 42 years to open the season with back-to-back homers when Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez connected off Edinson Volquez. Ryan Braun also had a solo shot, helping Milwaukee take a 6-3 lead to the ninth.

That's when the Reds reverted to their winning ways of 2010. Their first six wins last season came in their final at-bat, tying the major league record. Appropriately, they clinched the division title at home on Jay Bruce's game-ending homer.

They began the new season with only the second game-ending homer in Reds opening-day history -- Joe Randa beat the Mets with one in 2005.

"I've never seen an opening day like that," said Dusty Baker, who won his first opener in four years as the Reds manager. "I've seen a guy hit a homer to start the game, but I've never seen the first two guys hit homers.

"That was about as dramatic a finish as you can have, especially ending the season the way we did last year and then starting it the same way this year."

The Brewers were leading by three before John Axford (0-1) let it get away. He blew only three save chances last season, when he set a Milwaukee rookie record with 24 saves.

Hernandez hit an opposite-field line drive that set off a familiar Reds scrum at home plate.

"It seemed like he got a good piece if it, but I wasn't too sure," Axford said. "It sounded a little different."

The next sound he heard was a collective scream from what remained of the crowd of 42,398 -- many had left on a cold, raw afternoon. Hernandez's homer was the last of six in the game, the only one that wasn't a solo shot.

The Brewers have designs on overtaking the NL Central champions after changing managers -- Ron Roenicke took over for Ken Macha -- and adding Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum to their rotation. They let a chance to take first place get away.

The 41-degree first pitch made for the second-coldest opener in Great American Ball Park's nine-year history, prompting fans to bundle in coats and blankets. Volquez warmed up wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.

Then, the Brewers got off to the majors' most sizzling start in decades.

Weeks extended his spring tear with his 22nd career leadoff homer. He led the Brewers with a .442 average and one homer during spring training. Fast starts are no surprise for him -- Weeks hit a club-record eight leadoff homers last season.

When Gomez homered into the upper deck two pitches later, the Brewers became the first team in the majors to start a season with a pair of homers since Cincinnati's Pete Rose -- who watched from a seat behind home plate on Thursday -- and Bobby Tolan connected off Don Drysdale in 1969. Drysdale didn't allow another run in that one, winning 3-2.


  • Hernandez is the fifth Reds player since 1900 to have four hits on opening day, joining C Bubbles Hargrave (1924), OF Babe Herman (1936), OF Jim Greengrass (1954) and OF Paul O'Neill (1989).
  • Logan Ondrusek got the victory with one inning in relief.
  • Reds 1B Joey Votto received his NL MVP award before the game. He homered and drove in a pair of runs.
  • The Reds are 65-69-1 on opening day, the Brewers 23-19-1.
  • The Reds played a tribute to former manager Sparky Anderson on the videoboard before the game. Anderson died in November. The Reds are wearing a "Sparky" patch on their right sleeves. His No. 10 was marked on the back of the mound.
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Cincinnati's Ramon Hernandez (55) high-fives Chris Heisey after hitting a walk-off homer. (AP)
Cincinnati's Ramon Hernandez (55) high-fives Chris Heisey after hitting a walk-off homer. (AP)

Players of the Game

R. Hernandez
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1

R. Braun
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5122010 .400
Carlos Gomez, CF4111111 .250
Ryan Braun, LF3321211 .667
Prince Fielder, 1B3010202 .333
Casey McGehee, 3B4012012 .250
Mark Kotsay, RF3000011 .000
   a- Erick Almonte, PH1000002 .000
    Nyjer Morgan, RF0000000 .000
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000011 .000
Wil Nieves, C4120000 .500
Yovani Gallardo, P3000012 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH1000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
a-popped out for Kotsay in the 7th
b-flied out for Loe in the 8th
2B - Rickie Weeks (1, Volquez), Wil Nieves (1, Volquez)
HR - Rickie Weeks (1, Volquez), Carlos Gomez (1, Volquez), Ryan Braun (1, Volquez)
SF - Casey McGehee (1)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (2), Carlos Gomez (1), Ryan Braun (1), Casey McGehee 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Casey McGehee (1)
SB - Carlos Gomez (1, 2nd base off Ondrusek/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 8
Milwaukee Brewers
Yovani Gallardo 6722341 3.00
Kameron Loe 1111031 9.00
Takashi Saito (H,1) 1200020 0.00
John Axford (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.2244111 54.00
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 101-69, Kameron Loe 17-13, Takashi Saito 18-11, John Axford 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 8-6, John Axford 1-1
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 28, Kameron Loe 4, Takashi Saito 5, John Axford 6
Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF5221015 .400
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110020 .250
Joey Votto, 1B2212200 .500
Scott Rolen, 3B4100121 .000
Jay Bruce, RF5020023 .400
Jonny Gomes, LF3001112 .000
Ramon Hernandez, C5143003 .800
Paul Janish, SS4020001 .500
Edinson Volquez, P1000010 .000
   a- Juan Francisco, PH1000002 .000
    Jordan Smith, P0000000 .000
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
   b- Miguel Cairo, PH1000012 .000
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
a-fouled out for Volquez in the 6th
b-struck out for LeCure in the 8th
2B - Drew Stubbs (1, Gallardo)
HR - Drew Stubbs (1, Gallardo), Joey Votto (1, Loe), Ramon Hernandez (1, Axford)
SF - Joey Votto (1), Jonny Gomes (1)
SH - Brandon Phillips (1), Edinson Volquez (1)
RBI - Drew Stubbs (1), Joey Votto 2 (2), Jonny Gomes (1), Ramon Hernandez 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs (1), Ramon Hernandez 3 (3)
Team LOB - 10
E - Jonny Gomes (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Edinson Volquez 6755253 7.50
Jordan Smith 0.2211110 13.50
Bill Bray 0.1000000 0.00
Sam LeCure 1000000 0.00
Logan Ondrusek (W,1-0) 1000210 0.00
IBB - Fielder by Jordan Smith, Fielder by Logan Ondrusek
WP - Edinson Volquez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 91-63, Jordan Smith 25-12, Bill Bray 2-1, Sam LeCure 7-6, Logan Ondrusek 20-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 10-3, Sam LeCure 1-2, Logan Ondrusek 2-0
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 27, Jordan Smith 5, Bill Bray 1, Sam LeCure 3, Logan Ondrusek 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42398
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 41
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Dan Bellino