Bruce breaks Wandy curse
Friday’s 6-0 Reds win over the Pirates belonged to Johnny Cueto, who threw one hit over eight smooth innings. He retired 21 of his last 22 batters while facing the minimum for his final seven innings. Click here to read that story.
The first run of the game came via a solo home run by Jay Bruce in the fourth inning on a 2-0 pitch sent into the right-center field seats. But that wasn’t just any run-of-the-mill homer. It came off of lefty Wandy Rodriguez. Bruce came into the at-bat 2-for-33 with 16 strikeouts lifetime against Rodriguez.
“Choo knew about it and he just got here. Everybody knew about it,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “That was great thing to get off his back. Now he can go from here and have great days against Wandy.”
Bruce downplayed any notion that it was his turn to have success vs. Rodriguez.
“I don’t know if I believe in being due,” Bruce said. “I just think I’m a better hitter and he gave me a pitch to handle. I take nothing away from him. He still goes out there and gets the job done. I’m a better hitter than I have shown against him in the past. I will just have to keep on going.”