Heyward hit an RBI double in the fifth inning and then turned it into a play at third base. Heyward slid hard into Reds third baseman Todd Frazier.H eyward was still called out at third.
"Something happened at third base with Heyward. I thought that was a bad slide there," Price said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I thought that was a dirty slide and I didn’t like that at all. He’s not a dirty player, but I just thought it was a bad slide and a dirty slide. It could have really affected Frazier and I’m not happy about that and nor are any of our players. Hopefully we’ll be able to us it as fuel in this series to find ways to win games like (this)."
Heyward said he had no intention of hurting Frazier on the play.
"I was trying to get to the base quick, that’s all," Heyward said. "I wasn’t sure how close and if there was going to be a play at the plate or not. I just slid hard. I looked to Frazier and asked him, ‘You good? You good?’ I wasn’t trying to do anything dirty or take anyone out. It wasn’t a situation that called for that. That’s all."
Heyward got things started early with a double in the first inning, leading to the first run of the game when Matt Holliday singled him home. Heyward then doubled in his second at-bat to open the third inning, but was stranded at third.
Peralta took just 74 of his 560 at-bats from the fourth spot in the lineup last season but will fill the role in the team's regular-season debut.
The full Cardinals lineup: 3B
"We'll be playing baseball, right? If I'm playing baseball, it's where I want to be, where I am meant to be," Heyward said before making an appearance in Friday night's exhibition game against the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park.
"Always liked going there. The fans look beyond the numbers. They understand little things about the game," Heyward said. "It's been easy blending in with this group, and I believe I got the work in I needed this spring."
Heyward hit .300 this spring on 12 hits with one home run, four RBI and seven strikeouts.
"I've been talking to him about the psychological approach to batting second," Matheny said. "I told him [on Tuesday], 'I don't know that there's going to be a time this year when I'm going to tell you to give yourself up to get the runner over. I want you driving the ball. I want you with that mindset. You're going to get the runner over at times when you mishit a ball, but I don't want that being your thing, to give up an out. I want you smoking it, no matter where they pitch it.'"
Heyward opened the spring with hits in his first six games. He went 0 for 3 Thursday, dropping him to 7 for 20 with two walks and two stolen bases in nine games. All seven of his hits have been singles.
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