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.”


All right…that’s 1 for 1. Cueto was unhittable. Nice to see he is healthy; knock on wood!

Robinson is batting .500 over the last 6 games he has played in with 3 RBI. He continues to be a viable LF for the Reds this season, and maybe for years to come. He also delivers a solid bat thus far (333 /.440) although the test sample is limited; 42 AB. Still, the kid looks good in LF, is the best bunter on the team and can flat out fly. Also, his switch hitting is a plus. Although limited, he has shown that he hits lefties (.400/.516, 25 AB) better than righties (.235/.316, 17 AB) but both are again weighted by a limited number of ABs. Still, the kid looks very encouraging.

One last thought on Robinson…if Choo can’t be resigned for next season, Robinson could well be the Red’s new lead off hitter depending, of course, on a number of issues; one being who would replace Choo and of course, would Robinson be good enough to outplay all of Dusty’s other choices for LF. Fun to think about; glad we have a viable lead off hitter, or at least I thin we do, post Choo (thought to resign for $12-$13m for multiple years).

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