5 Takeaways from the First Cardinals-Reds Rivalry Clash of 2013

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5 Takeaways from the First Cardinals-Reds Rivalry Clash of 2013
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After a vomit-inducing home opener, the Cardinals needed to decide how they were going to respond to a back-alley beatdown administered by the Cincinnati Reds.

The bullpen failed miserably on Monday evening, surrendering 10 runs in two innings of work.  Mitchell Boggs, the Cardinals interim closer, couldn't seem to locate and the Reds made him pay.  Boggs gave up seven runs, six of which were earned, in just 0.1 innings pitched.

Ultimately, the Cardinals squandered Jaime Garcia's quality start and lost 13-4. 

After washing the blood out of their mouths from the Reds uppercut on Monday, the Cardinals responded very nicely, taking the next two games in convincing fashion.

The bats came alive and the Cardinals won 5-1 and 10-0, respectively.

Here are my five takeaways from the first showdown in this intense rivalry.

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