Nice defense behind Cueto
Of course, Johnny Cueto’s latest masterpiece of pitching for eight innings will stand out the most from a 1-0 win over the Cardinals on Thursday for the four-game series win. But there was some help behind Cueto.
Two plays especially stood out:
To end the third inning with Matt Holliday batting, 1B Todd Frazier robbed him of a hit with a diving stop on the grass at the line. Frazier threw to Cueto covering first for the out, just in time.
To begin the seventh, Jay Bruce made the play of the day with a leaping catch at the wall to take a home run away from Matt Adams.
“Great defensive game,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Here is the Bruce play:
“He hit it well enough for it to squeak over but not well enough for it to get it far enough up,” Bruce said. “I was just able to time it up and get back there quickly enough and make the play.”
It’s the second time this season Bruce has robbed someone of a homer. He did it to Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton on GABP on Aug. 10.
“I’m just out there trying to do my job,” Bruce said.
From the contact off of Adams’ bat, Bruce felt like he had a play he could make.
“You’ve got to try and get back there as fast as you can and find the way in the process,” Bruce said. “I try to use my feet to feel the warning track. Playing baseball so much, you learn that kind of stuff.
“I knew it was going to be close. I didn’t know if it would be just out of reach. You don’t want to assume it’s gone and get back there and it hits the wall. You always want to assume you’re going to have a play on it.”