Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cueto's Quality Start Allows Reds to Sweep Mets with a 3-1 Victory

'Johnny be good, Johnny be real good'

The Reds (38-27) met the Mets (35-32) in their last game of a three game series this Father's Day afternoon. Johnny Cueto not only had a great outing on the mound (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER 1 BB, 8 SO) but also got the first multiple base hit of his career on a stand up double in the 3rd inning. Cueto continues to prove he's one of the best pitchers in the National League. Great pitching was a must, as the Reds offense only managed to score 3 runs and leaving 10 runners on base.

The Good
- Johnny Cueto continues to be at true ace. He now has a 8-3 record and a 2.38 ERA. He's the backbone of the Reds staff and looks like he could go up against any offense in the league.
- Joey Votto continues to be the best hitter in baseball. He added 3 hits to his total this afternoon, all singles. His average is now a monstrous .366.
- Jose Arrendondo and Sean Marshall combined for 2 innings of working, giving up only a single hit  and no runs. This bullpen continues to dominate.
- The Reds match a season-high with six straight wins and maintain their stranglehold of the division lead.

The Bad
- Brandon Phillips managed only one hit, leaving six men on base.
- Jay Bruce, Miguel Cairo, and Willie Harris all failed to record hits today in the 5, 6 and 7 spots. Bruce and Harris both did get on base with walks.
- As a team the Reds were only 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

The Notables
- The Reds came into this series being the hottest team in all of baseball this month and this sweep cements their status. No one wants to play the Reds right now.
- Today's game started at an even 70 degrees with cloudy skies at first pitch.
- 40,134 showed up at Citi Field to watch their hometown Mets get swept.
- Sunday marked the first 3-game sweep over the Mets in New York by the Reds since April 2001.
- Tomorrow the Reds head to Cleveland to start a three game series rematch with the Indians, this time with the DH in full effect. The presence of Derek Lowe and the recent controversy between him and Dusty Baker assures this game will be one to watch. Expect the umpire to issue a quick warning if anyone is hit by a pitch or thrown at inside.

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