Cueto bit by bad luck again

The Reds’ 6-3 defeat was a ninth-inning heartbreaker on several levels — ending with an Ike Davis pinch-hit walk-off grand slam against J.J. Hoover. The last time a grand slam ended a game against the Reds was 5/20/10 vs. the Braves at Turner Field. You may remember that one — against Francisco Cordero, Brooks Conrad hit a long ball off of Laynce Nix’s glove that trickled over the fence.

Read all about the ninth inning on MLB.com/Reds.com.

Overlooked in the outcome was another fine start by Johnny Cueto.

Cueto pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs and five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. That gave him three earned runs over his first 14 innings as he is coming off of a 1-0 defeat vs. the Cardinals on Opening Day. His ERA is 1.93 but his record is 0-1.

“I feel very good. I hope that I can continue to pitch like that,” Cueto said.

The only mistake Cueto made was a 3-2 pitch that went for a two-run homer by Curtis Granderson in the sixth.

“I’m happy. One bad pitch. I wanted to throw to the corners but it was right in the middle,” Cueto said.

Just before that pitch when the count was 2-2, Granderson looked like he went around on a check swing. The Reds appealed to third base but didn’t get the call.

“I thought that he swung. It is what it is,” Cueto said.

Other items:

*Since 6/17/12, Cueto is 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in five starts vs. the Mets.

*Tucker Barnhart notched his first Major League hit with a single to right field in the third. Barnhart added another single in the fifth.

“You’re not really afforded to look for pitches as a pinch-hitter. I was actually kind of mad at myself for not swinging at the first-pitch fastball. I was a little out in front, but I recognized it and kept my body from drifting too much, and was able to put the barrel on it and have enough to make it leave the yard.” — Mets PH Ike Davis on his game-winning grand slam.

2 Comments

I’m not one to 2nd guess the Manager, but I was surprise to see Hoover come in for the 9th. The Reds don’t have a closer (per say) at this time. Sam LeCure is probably the best pitcher they have in the bullpen. I thought he would finish the game.

I’m afraid Price is going to be another by the book manager. God forbid a reliever pitch more than one inning. I gues what he said about two inning closrs was either for just Chapman or it was lip service.

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