Cueto boosts sick Reds
Despite having several players either dragging or down and out completely by flu-like symptoms, the Reds cruised to a 7-1 victory. Let’s take a look at the Three Stars (sponsored by your Stanley Cup winning L.A. Kings)
No. 3 star: Wilson Valdez — 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 run scored. A .188 hitter and filling in for the ailing Zack Cozart, Valdez had three singles in a nice evening.
“It was a great game Valdez had for us big-time,” manager Dusty Baker said.
No. 2 star: Joey Votto — 2-for-4, two-run HR, RBI single. The Indians brought in LHP Tony Sipp to face Votto in the seventh during a 2-1 game. Votto crushed a 2-0 pitch into the left field seats.
“What a performance by Joey. Joey was sick too,” Baker said. “I said don’t take any BP today, stay inside and come out game time. I could tell he was exhausted from running. You see Joey’s head down and you know something is wrong. That was a gutsy performance by Joey too.”
No. 1 star: Johnny Cueto — 9 ip, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 122 pitches/81 strikes. It was Cueto’s sixth career complete game and the second of this season. When Cueto gave up an infield single with two outs in the ninth, he had to lobby to stay in. Fans were booing Baker when he visited the mound.
“When I saw him coming to the mound, I said I want to finish my game,” Cueto said. “Then he came and asked me how I felt, I said ‘give me one more hitter.’ Dusty said I trust you and I will give it to you.”
Cueto is 7-3 with a 2.46 ERA in his 13 starts this season. For the second time in as many starts, he stopped a losing streak from building and cut it off at two games.
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News and notes:
*Mike Leake, who is also sick, was scratched from making Wednesday’s start. Mat Latos will move up a day and Leake might go on Thursday. With the off day on Monday, Latos will be working on his normal rest.
*The Reds are 24-10 this season when they get a quality start. *Todd Frazier has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and 9-for-27 (.333) during that stretch.
*Jay Bruce’s six sac flies, including the one for the go-ahead run in the fifth, leads the Majors.
“He expanded the zone on us really well. He was using his slider backdoor and got the ump to start giving him a couple inches off [the plate]. When you start trying to worry about that pitch, and all you can do is foul it off, he would kind of come back in with a fastball in. He had you off balance and it was getting hard to find the barrel on the ball. You might make contact, but not barrel it up too well. He did a good job. He pitched well tonight. There’s a reason he has his record and ERA.” — Indians 2B Jason Kipnis on Cueto
“Johnny’s strong. He’s been training. He’s learned how to train and take care of himself. He runs tirelessly. I’ve been telling him that for years. It’s sunk in. That’s what the great ones do.” — Dusty Baker on Cueto going the distance.
“I wasn’t feeling too good throughout the day, but it wasn’t really as bad as some of the other guys. They were throwing up and I never had any of that. It was an interesting day for sure. It was weird to try to piece together how everyone got sick. I don’t think we’ve figured it out.” — Chris Heisey