Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cueto rocked as Reds lose to Braves 6-2

The Reds (18-17) got 11 hits against the Braves (23-14) Tuesday night, but not when they mattered. Johnny Cueto had an un-Cuetolike start, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits with only two strikeouts in only 4 innings of work. Alfredo Simon, JJ Hoover and Jose Arrendondo all gave up no runs in relief, but it still wasn't enough to topple red hot Atlanta lineup.

The Good
- Joey Votto got on base for the 26 consecutive game.
- The Reds continued their work, increasing their reputation of having one of the leagues best bullpens.
- Chris Heisey continues to be red hot, getting three hits in four at bats, increasing his average to .260.

The Bad
- No matter how good a pitcher is, he can't have a good day every day. Today was that day for Johnny Cueto. We just have to hope that the Reds ace gets back to his dominant ways again soon. His ERA is still only 1.89
- Zach Cozart continues to slump. The once hot Reds short stop was hitting .354 in the lead off spot, but his average has since dropped to .246
-Jay Bruce and Joey Votto are now the only Reds with a batting average above .270.

The Notables
- The usually hot Atlanta weather was pretty mild with a game time temperature of 76 degreees with a slight wind.
- 21,530 showed up for today's game, a bit on the small side for Atlanta's standards
- The Reds head to the Big Apple next for a 5 game stretch starting tomorrow at 7:10 pm against the Mets. They'll have one more game at Citi Field until heading to the Bronx to take on the Yankees for three straight.
- If you voted for Gapper in the mascot poll...may God have mercy on your soul.

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