Postgame quote parade
It was another game from the bizarro world as the Reds lost 3-1 to the Cubs. Why was it a little weird, you ask?
*The Cubs tied a franchise record by stranding 17 men on base. They were 3-for-16 RISP and still won.
*Johnny Cueto walked five and allowed seven hits but had five scoreless innings while throwing 101 pitches. His ERA in his last four starts is 0.70.
*Randy Wells no-hit the Reds for six innings until Chris Heisey’s leadoff single in the seventh. Of course, he was mired in a scoreless tie until the top of the sixth.
“He had trouble getting strike one. That was the problem. He threw a lot of near-strikes. Ramon said he was not missing by much, especially on the inside. But they were balls. They weren’t going for him. Usually he can spot that inside fastball with a lot of efficiency.” — Dusty Baker on Johnny Cueto.
“It’s one of those days I didn’t have it. I made a few pitches over the heart of the plate. They got a few key hits that blooped in. I hit a batter and walked one. It just wasn’t my day.” — Reliever Jordan Smith, who gave up three runs in the sixth after Cueto departed.
“Thank God, I put the ball in play and nobody caught it.” — Cubs LF Alfonso Soriano, who broke the scoreless tie in the sixth with a blooped single that dropped in front of diving center fielder Chris Heisey.
“We had people on. We got three of them in and won a baseball game. Let’s be happy with that.” — Cubs manager Lou Piniella.
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