Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cueto Blisters Past Diamondbacks

Johnny Cueto started for the Reds tonight two days after he was scratched from his start due to a blister on his pitching hand. Despite the little bump on his finger, Cueto was yet again as dominant as he's proven to be all season long. Cueto improved his record to 11-5 with the 4-0 victory on Tuesday night over the Diamondbacks. It was night that saw the Reds missing Joey Votto (meniscus tear) and Jay Bruce (day off) from their lineup. 

Let's take a look at how the game unfolded with the good, the bad and the notables from tonights game:

The Good:
- The pitching overall was great. With the lack off offensive power having Votto and Bruce out of the lineup, it's just what the team needed was a great pitching performance. A great pitching performance is exactly what they got. Cueto pitched six shutout innings giving up four hits and four walks while striking out three. The bullpen combined for three shutout innings using Arredondo, LeCure, Marshall, and Chapman out of the bullpen. 
- Ryan Ludwick had the big blow in the third inning following two walks. Cozart and Phillips walked right ahead of Ludwick. Ludwick was backed off the plate with a pitch up and in at his head and following that was a three run bomb hit by Ludwick into the upper deck bleachers. 
- The team is tops in the league in swinging at first pitches, but tonight they were patient at the plate against a wild Trevor Bauer as he walked five batters over the course of three innings pitched. 

The Bad:
- Not much bad to take from the game tonight. Scott Rolen, the normally sure handed third baseman, had a fielding error. It was his 5th error of the season. 
- The team was a combined 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. 
- Brandon Phillips, Todd Frazier, and Chris Heisey were a combined 0-for-11 at the plate tonight. 

The Notables:
- Tonights Reds victory marks the 400th career Reds victory at Great American Ballpark. Let's hope for plenty more this season!
- The team is now a season high 12 games over .500.
- There were 19,142 fans in attendance at the game. After a HUGE weekend attendance wise, it's a bit of a step back, especially for a first place ballclub. 
- Tomorrow is Jay Bruce bobblehead night which will be given away to the first 25,000 fans in attendance. 
- Up next: Reds and Diamondbacks back at it again at the same start time of 7:10pm. Right hander Ian Kennedy (6-8, 4.55) will take the mound matched up against righty Mat Latos (7-2, 4.10). 

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