By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Jimmy Haynes didn't have to search for a reason. Three misplaced pitches led to three home runs in a disappointing Opening Day performance for the Reds' starting pitcher.
"You have to know your hitters, try to eliminate mistakes," Haynes said after a 10-1 loss to Pittsburgh Monday at Great American Ball Park. "You can get away with some, but you're not going to get away with every one of them."
The right-hander retired the Pirates in order in the first and third innings.
But it was the second that hurt.
Haynes threw 36 pitches in what turned into a six-run inning when Reggie Sanders, Kenny Lofton and Jason Kendall homered for the Pirates.
Lofton and Kendall's homers came after Haynes nearly picked off Pokey Reese at first base.
That would have been the second out of the inning, which then would have ended when Jack Wilson, who was at bat with Reese on first, grounded out to second base.
It marked the first time a Red had allowed three homers in an inning since Danny Graves did it against the Giants in August 2001.
Haynes allowed six runs on five hits in four innings, walking three and striking out three.
"He was pulling off the ball," manager Bob Boone said. "He kept missing pitches all day."
Haynes allowed one homer and was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA over 182/3 innings this spring.
"I had some good things in this game that I did, and there was some bad," he said. "I'll just learn from all of it, come out next time and hopefully do a little better."
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