Cueto, Pena potent tag team
Johnny Cueto made it back-to-back complete game wins over the Pirates with Tuesday’s 4-1 victory. One of the things in common with the previous Cueto outing — a three-hit shutout and 4-0 win over Pittsburgh at GABP, was catcher Brayan Pena. Although the backup, Pena worked with Cueto both times.
“Honestly, you have to give him a lot of credit,” Pena said. “I think he continued with his game plan, the same way that we pitched in Cincinnati. We just attacked. He went out there and mixed it up. You saw the cutter in and out, front door, back door and that changeup wasn’t as effective as it was before but it served its purpose to show it to them and go back to the cutter. It was unbelievable. You have to tip your hat to [Andrew] McCutchen, he hit that cutter to the opposite field out of the ballpark. Other than that, he was close to flawless.”
“It was terrific,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He was throwing with Brayan Pena again and it’s a nice little tandem. It was a little different mix, a little bit more off-speed than the last time, more changeups and sliders and backdoor breaking balls. The first time through was really a heavy sinker-cutter combination and he was very, very sharp. I didn’t think he was as sharp today but had a similar outcome.”
Other items of note:
*Cueto’s scoreless streak ended at a career-high 21 innings with McCutchen’s homer in the ninth. Among Reds starters, Mike Leake and Mat Latos each threw 21 2/3 scoreless innings last season. Reliever J.J. Hoover threw 26 1/3 scoreless innings last season also.
*Until tonight, Latos was he last Reds pitcher to throw consecutive complete games (3-1 win on 6/25/12 vs Mil, 2-1 win on 6/30/12 at SF).
*Tom Seaver remains the last Reds pitcher to throw consecutive complete-game shutouts (4-0 win on 9/20/77 at SD, 4-0 win on 9/25/77 at ATL).
*Cueto became the first pitcher to log his first 1,000 career innings while pitching for the Reds since Tom Browning from 1984-89.
Read the game story, including Cueto’s thoughts on the evening, on MLB.com and Reds.com.