I wouldn't worry too much about the Kendrick walk either. Chances were that the Reds wouldn't be scoring that inning anyway, and Kendrick's performance on the day was kind of irrelevant when you consider he was facing different pitchers and is still one of the best hitters on their team.
I'm not too worried about the pitch count either. He's a recently converted starter, and is probably expected to work long relief along with Lecure. It just didn't quite work this time. As a manager, I'd not to have to eat into the starting rotation on opening day... just take the calculated risk and move on.