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.

14 Comments

The review that called Pena out at second got it wrong – we’ve seen this in the NFL replay as well: the camera doesn’t have the depth perception like the human eye. The ump on the spot got it right – the smartass in New York knew better. Maybe MLB should adopt the ‘must have compelling evidence’ policy for overturning on-field calls.

On the 1000 innings, surely Arroyo must have come close, right?

Thought the exact same thing. Could not tell at all. I actually thought it was supposed to be conclusive evidence to over turn a call. until they get tower cams you just cant tell from those angles.

He was out.

Thanks for clarifying that Jordan. Not sure how this view changes anything but since you work at the NY headquarters you must be on the same page. No way to tell. The call should have been held up. It was not conclusive evidence.

Don’t need to work at the NY headquarters. Just need two eyes.

Maxblue – The key to the 1000 innings stat was first 1000 career innings. Arroyo pitched at Pittsburgh and Boston before coming to the Reds.

Get rid of replay. I know I’m old school , but it takes too long . I can’t believe last night’s call. At least get it right.

Interestingly enough…when they queried all the managers about getting instant replay sometime last season, the preponderance of managers did not want it.
They suggested that the umpires are doing a pretty good job and that all things
considered, over the course of a season, called plays even out for both teams
playing. What bothers me is that IF they are going to use instant replay, how is
it possible that they can’t get it correct? The answer, of course, is that they have
to have the technology so that they cannot get it wrong. I think instant replay has
it’s role in MLB in small doses or small applications during the season, but could
and should be used (when perfected) during all games in the playoffs and WS;
too much riding on those games for an umpire to be potentially wrong.

Jordan, with all due respect, Pena was ‘called’ out but was not. Regarding Arroyo, my thinking was this (being too lazy to look it up): 33 starts a year averaging 6 innings a start makes 198 innings / year. Surely, Bronson pitched 5 years for the Reds, didn’t he? So he must have been pretty close to 1000, is all I’m saying. no, that’s not all I’m saying: I’m also saying put him in the Reds Hall of Fame.

You guys, the photo link posted shows Pena tagged while off the bag. That is an out. It was the correct call. Arroyo did not start his career in Cinci. He started in Pittsburgh and pitched for Boston when they won the series in 04. He pitched well over 1000 innings for the reds, but not to start his career.

Matt – my bad. I misunderstood ‘the first’ part of the stat. I should have looked at it more closely – maybe that’s the case with the call on Pena, too. We’ll see. Kind of a silly stat though, isn’t it?

Matt – my bad. I missed the ‘first’ part of the innings stat. Kind of a silly stat, isn’t it? Regardless, I should have looked at it more carefully. Maybe that’s the case with the Pena out call, too. But, go Reds, anyway! This game tonight matters.

Just for the record. Arroyo pitched 1,688.7 innings for the reds. He has pitched 2296.2 innings total in his career.

The review video out at mlb.com shows that Brayan’s foot and hand were clearly off the bag when Mercer tagged Pena’s right leg. Check out the review video out at http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/63817564/v32292477/cinpit-challenge-overturns-safe-call-in-the-7th/?game_pk=380837 starting at 2:29.

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