Cueto escapes trouble, wins
The Three Stars from a 4-0 Reds win over the D-Backs:
No. 3 star: Scott Rolen — 1-for-2, 2 BBs. Rolen was robbed of a hit in the first inning in a bizarre liner that resulted in a 1-4-6-3 double play in the first inning. In the seventh, he made a nifty barehanded catch and throw on Aaron Hill’s grounder for the third out.
No. 2 star: Ryan Ludwick — 1-for-4, 3-run homer. Ludwick’s 422-foot shot landed in the second deck of seats in left field. It provided the Reds with their first hit of the game, too, as the Reds offense still looks for footing.
“We just have to pick one another up,” Ludwick said. “We’re still talented. Joey [Votto] is obviously a $250 million player so he’s an elite caliber, one of the best players in all the big leagues. You’re going to miss him. That’s part of it. We still have some pretty good players in here. I think we’ll be all right.”
No. 1 star: Johnny Cueto — 6 ip, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 106 pitches/60 strikes. Cueto improved to 11-5 with a 2.28 ERA and is 6-1 in games following a Reds loss — ace type of stuff for sure. He admitted to feeling the blister on his index finger that pushed him back from Sunday, but he got past it.
There were two big bases loaded jams that Cueto had to escape from including his final inning, the sixth. He struck out Gerardo Parra with high heat to get out of it.
“This guy got out of trouble tonight and that’s the mark of a good pitcher,” manager Dusty Baker said. “His ERA isn’t what it is if he doesn’t know how to get out of trouble. He can dial it up when he wants to and when he needs to, which he did.”
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News and notes:
*Drew Stubbs, who drew a walk in the top of the first inning, was part of a double steal and scored on a wild pitch. The Reds are 31-2 this season when Stubbs scores a run. Stubbs has walked in back-to-back games after not previously drawing a bases-on-balls the rest of the month.
*Tough night for Todd Frazier, who got what’s termed the “golden sombrero by going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
*Here is a nugget from the Elias Sports Bureau: “The Reds started nine right-handed hitters against right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer Tuesday night. According to Elias, it’s the first time since April 22, 2005, that any team started nine right-handed hitters against a right-handed pitcher. The Astros started nine righties against the Cardinals’ Jason Marquis in that game. Regardless of the handedness of the pitcher, it’s the first time the Reds have started nine righties, none of whom were switch-hitters, since May 8, 2001, a game in which Randy Johnson struck out 20 hitters.”
*Zack Cozart snapped a 0-for-17 skid with a fifth-inning single.
*The Reds bullpen hasn’t allowed a run in 15 1/3 innings, including the last four games.