Walk-off win for Reds
Plenty items of note from a 4-3 Reds walk-off victory…
*Johnny Cueto (8 ip, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K 102 pitches/68 strikes) is the first Reds pitcher to throw at least seven innings in his first eight starts of a season since Bucky Walters in 1941. He’s the first Major League pitcher to do it while also allowing two runs or less in those eight starts since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981.
*Cueto’s final pitch of the night was 97 mph to Troy Tulowitzki.
*Joey Votto snapped a 6-for-40 funk for the walk-off homer to center field off of Boone Logan when the count was 3-0. Estimated distance 437 feet.
*In terms of distance only, Todd Frazier’s homer in the second inning off Chacin went into the riverboat deck for an estimated 485 feet — the sixth longest in GABP history.
*Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado saw his franchise-record 28 game hit streak end on a 0-for-3 night with a walk.
*The Reds have played four-straight games with a 4-3 final score. They won two of them, both on walk-off.
“They’re doing some prolific things here the first five weeks of the season. As well as [Cueto] pitched tonight, he was on the bench even after they scored the tying run, pulling for the guys to win that game. It showed me what type of guy he is – character, class, being a great teammate. That’s about as important as anything.” — Reds manager Bryan Price on the Rockies, and Cueto.
“It was definitely in my mind. It was one of those days where I was having trouble getting the ball on the other side of the plate. I’m not going to throw off-speed 3-0 but I’m going to try to locate it down and away. But obviously it didn’t get there.” — Rockies LHP Boone Logan on whether he thought Votto would swing on a 3-0 count.
“The more I play, and the more I become one with the organization, the only thing I care about is winning – bottom line. If I hit that home run early in the game and we ended up losing, I would have been sour today. I think that’s something we have going on in this clubhouse – - a team of typically unselfish players that just care about winning.” — Joey Votto