Cueto finishes spring strong
A wild nine-run top of the ninth, with 13 men that came to the plate, helped give the Reds a 11-1 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night. It was a particularly rough inning for Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, who faced six batters without notching an out while allowing six runs.
*After dealing with mechanical issues that got him knocked around his previous start, ace Johnny Cueto looked very good in his final spring tuneup. Cueto blanked the Cubs for six innings with four hits and one walk while striking out five. He also had a single in the top of the third inning and scored a run.
“I feel really good. I’m ready to roll,” Cueto said via a translator. “I felt like I had a good Spring Training. It was good for me to end on a good note going into the season.”
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*Emmanuel Burriss, who started at shortstop, was 1-for-5 and hit a RBI double to center field that scored Cueto in the third. Burriss also reached on an error in the ninth and stole second base. Defensively, he made a very nice diving stop behind second base on Anthony Rizzo’s sharp groundball. Rizzo still beat out the throw to first base for a single however.
*Jason Donald, who had missed several days with a knee injury, played an abbreviated game at second base and was 0-for-2. Donald was unable to turn a double play grounded to the shortstop in the fourth as Nate Schierholtz beat the throw to first base.
*Cesar Izturis replaced Donald and was 2-for-3 with a RBI ground rule down the right field line and a two-out single to left field. Both hits came in the ninth inning.
*Alfredo Simon replaced Cueto and pitched the seventh and eighth innings. Simon gave up one run and three hits with one walk and one strikeout.
*Finally check out this notebook item on reliever J.J. Hoover, who is awaiting word on his roster fate in the midst of a fantastic spring. Hoover is scheduled to work in Wednesday’s game vs. the Padres.