Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cueto Dominant Against D-Backs

The Cincinnati Reds (79-52) have now leaped over the Washington Nationals for the best record in the National League with their 5-2 victory over Arizona. Johnny Cueto took the ball for the Reds and was rather dominant in his race towards the Cy Young Award. Cueto definitely bolstered his chances coming a step closer to winning the prized award picking up his 17th victory of the season.

The guys started off rather quickly with the offense in a game where they had a shot to run their division lead back up to seven games. They did just that with their ace on the mound.

Let's take a look at how it all unfolded out in the hot desert with the good, the bad, and the notables:

The Good:
+ Johnny Cueto pitched a great game! Cueto pitched a strong 7 innings giving up two runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked only one. Digging a bit deeper in the numbers you'll notice that Cueto was literally unhittable against right handed batters. Righties in the D-Backs lineup were a combined 0-for-11 with one walk and four strikeouts. Lefties on the other hand were a combined 4-for-13 (.307 avg.) with no walks and only one strikeout.
+ Todd Frazier. Enough said? The rookie of the year candidate added another two hits coming up with a huge two RBI triple late in the game to add a little insurance giving the guys a 5-2 lead at that point in the game. His average continues to near the .300 mark.
+ Brandon Phillips also added two hits in four at-bats and his average also continues to near .300 as it sits at .297.
+ Both Chris Heisey and Ryan Hanigan had two hits at the dish as Hanigan added two RBIs in the teams three run second inning.
+ The combination of Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman were lights out at the back end of the bullpen yet again. Chapman has converted his last 25 straight save chances. Amazing.
+ The team finally got some hits with RISP as they were 4-for-11 in those opportunities.

The Bad:
- Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs continue to struggle in the leadoff and number two slots in the lineup. The two of them tonight went a combined 0-for-10 with four strikeouts.
- Scott Rolen has been on a roll since the All Star break, but tonight was not his night at the plate as he was 0-for-3 at the plate.

The Notables:
+ As most of us Reds fans know, none other than Joey Votto made his first of what will be two rehab starts with the Dayton Dragons. In his first in-game action since July 16th Votto was 0-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout. His walk came in the first inning to a reaction of "boo's" from the fans.
+ Johnny Cueto is now the major league leader in wins.
+ Up next: The Reds and D-Backs will be back at it again tomorrow in a game that is slated for a 3:40pm EST start. The Reds look to take the sweep as they send big right hander Mat Latos (10-4, 3.84) to the mound opposite Patrick Corbin (5-5, 3.91).

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