Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cueto racks up 15th win with eight shut out innings against Cubs

The Reds (69-46) took the fourth and final game against the Cubs (44-69) on the back of some excellent pitching by Redlegs ace Johnny Cueto (15-6). Cueto gave up only 3 hits and 2 walks in 8 full innings of action, leaving the Cubs scoreless.

Offensively, the only Reds to get runs across the plate were Jay Bruce, with a two run homer in the 5th, and Ryan Ludwick with a two out RBI in the 6th

Here's a look at the good, bad and notables from Sunday:

The Good
- Jay Bruce is finally showing signs of life. After a few days off the right fielder managed to a two run home run, his only hit of the game.
-Ryan Ludwick also drove in a run in the 6th and continues to be the much needed power bat in the lineup, with new of Joey Votto being gone longer than expected.
- Todd Frazier's rookie of the year campaign continues. Frazier went 2 for 4 with a run and increased his average to .280. His splits are also astonishing, showing that Frazier performs consistently. Home, away, day, night, against lefties or righties, it doesn't really matter. Frazier puts up nearly the same numbers.
- Johnny Cueto continues to be one of the most dominate pitchers in the national league. He pitched a full 8 innings (113 pitches, 72 strikes), giving up no runs and only three hits. Cueto also managed to get a hit himself. His ERA is now 2.45 and he has recorded his 15th win of the season.
- Aroldis Chapman. It's easy to predict what he does everytime he makes an apperarance...although he only struck out 1 batter in the 9th this time and actually gave up a hit...but still managed to record his 28th save of the season. Chapman has struck out 106 batters this year, numbers that some starters haven't touched.

The Bad
- The top of the lineup (Zach Cozart, Drew Stubbs and Brandon Phillips), where you usually expect your highest on base numbers to come from, all managed to never get on base, even by walk or getting hit by a pitch. But Drew Stubbs was the only one among the three to strikeout, and he did three times.

The Notables
- After losing five straight games, the Reds are back to their winning ways, racking up their third win in a row and taking a four game series from the Cubs.
- It was a 75 degree and relatively windless day at the friendly confines.
- 35,461 showed up at Wrigley to watch the Cubs lose.
- The Reds are back to having a 4.5 game lead in the NL Central, and still have the second best record in all of baseball. The Reds are 69-46, trailing only the Washington Nationals (71-43) by two games.
- The Reds have an off-day on Monday before they begin a six game home stand.
- Tomorrow's game at Great American is the first of a three game series against the Mets. Chris Young (3-6 4.87 ERA, 42 SO) will take on Mat Latos (10-3, 3.81 ERA, 130 SO)
- After a three game series against the Mets, the Reds will then host the Chicago Cubs for a weekend series before heading to Philadelphia.

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