ELIAS SAYS…

Thanks to our good friends at Elias Sports Bureau, for providing the following notes on yesterday’s unforgettable Reds victory…

Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez began the Brewers-Reds game with back-to-back homers, but a little more than three hours later Ramon Hernandez hit a walkoff three-run homer to give Cincinnati a 7-6 victory.  It was the first Opening-Day game in 25 years in which the first batter and the last batter each hit a home run.  That happened in 1986 at Seattle, when the Angels’ Bobby Grich led off the top of the first inning with a homer and Jim Presley hit a game-ending grand slam for the Mariners.
 
Hernandez, who was 4-for-5, became the first player in major-league history to hit an Opening-Day walkoff home run after coming to the plate with his team trailing by more than one run. Two other players in major-league history had at least four hits, including a game-ending home run, on Opening Day:  Raul Mondesi (1999 Dodgers) and Clint Barmes (2005 Rockies). 
 
The Reds became the first team to win on Opening Day after trailing by three or more runs in the ninth inning or later since 2004, when the Royals defeated the White Sox, 9-7, after trailing, 7-3.   Carlos Beltran won that game with a two-run walkoff homer. The Reds won once previously on Opening Day after trailing by three or more runs in the ninth inning or later (in 1932 vs. the Cubs).

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