Winning streak over
The Reds’ six-game winning streak is over as Johnny Cueto didn’t have his good stuff during a 6-3 loss to the Rockies.
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The Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Troy Tulowitzki, COL — 3-for-4, double, RBI. Tulowitzki is batting .436 (24-for-55) lifetime at GABP.
No. 2 star: Joey Votto: — 4-for-4, 2 doubles. Votto snapped out of a mini-funk as he increased his NL lead with 19 doubles on the season. It was the 12th four-hit game of his career and his third of the season.
No. 1 star: Todd Helton, COL — 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBIs. The venerable Rockies star entered batting .220 but Helton was strong tonight. His two-run HR off of Cueto in the second gave Colorado an early 2-0 lead. His RBI single in the fifth was big as the Reds had just tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth.
News and notes:
*The six-game quality start streak that coincided with the win streak is kaput. Johnny Cueto’s line was 4 2/3 ip, 11 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 95 pitches/59 strikes. It’s the second time in 10 starts Cueto has allowed more than 3 ER, but he’s given up 5 ER in two of his last three starts.
“He didn’t have his breaking ball,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He was flying open and couldn’t control his breaking ball. It’s a big pitch for him. He just wasn’t locating his fastball like he usually does.”
*Zack Cozart extended his hitting streak to six games with a two-out double in the third. Cozart also made a great diving stop on a Marco Scutaro sharp groundball to start the top of the ninth.
*It was a solid night for two relievers that hadn’t been seen much lately. J.J. Hoover, pitching for only the second time in 10 days and the first time since May 17, followed Cueto with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Alfredo Simon, who hadn’t pitched in 10 days, worked two scoreless innings. Simon has a 0.68 ERA (1 ER/13.1 ip) over his last nine appearances.
*Something I realized later in the day…this was the one-year anniversary of the 19-inning Reds loss at Philadelphia when Wilson Valdez had to pitch the top of the 19th. It was also the four-year anniversary of the 18-inning Reds loss at San Diego.