Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
WP: Cueto (2-1)
LP: Morton (1-6)
–Wow. Just…wow. Johnny Cueto pitched the most dominating game of his major league career, a one-hitter. Cueto struck out 8, walked none, and faced one batter over the minimum in his first career complete game shutout. Where has that Johnny Cueto been, and can he come back every five days?
–Lots of guys broke out the bats tonight:
Jay Bruce: 3-5, a triple, 3 RBI. We are watching the emergence of a new star in the National League.
Chris Heisey: the youngster led off tonight (good idea, Dusty), and he responded by reaching base four times. On the night, Heisey was 3-4 with a walk, two runs scored, 2 RBI, and his first major league homer. Congrats to Heisey on a great night.
Brandon Phillips went 2-4 with a double and three runs scored.
Joey Votto: 2-4, double, two runs scored, 2 RBI.
Scott Rolen: 2-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI.
Ramon Hernandez: 2-5, double, RBI.
Miguel Cairo: 0-1.
–Clearly, the Cincinnati Reds are the greatest team in the history of the universe.
–That was the first one-hitter spun by a Reds pitcher since John Smiley in 1996. Wow.
–That’s four wins in a row since I made my declaration that I couldn’t bear to watch this team anymore. I may not watch a game the rest of the year. It’ll be worth it if it ensures that the guys keep winning.
–Reds go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, turning the tables on the Pirates (who swept the Reds the last time Cincinnati came to town). It’s up to you, Homer Bailey.
–I gotta work on a Cueto sombrero, and a Heisey one too. Tonight, however, we’ll introduce the brand new BP sombrero (HUGE thanks to brilliant reader Scott for this one — and some other new ones that are coming soon):