Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: J. Cueto (4-0)
L: K. Correia (1-2)
–Why were we thinking Johnny Cueto was nothing more than a #2 starter? The guy looks like an ace to me. Tonight, Cueto pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on seven hits. He walked zero and struck out four. That’s studly.
–The bats were working tonight, as the Reds collected twelve hits. Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs each had a double and a homer. Zack Cozart had two hits, including a homer. Ryan Hanigan and Chris Heisey had two hits each, as well (Hanigan had a double and a single; Heisey had a triple and a single). Heck, even Scott Rolen had a double! Amazing!
–The Reds are over .500 for the first time since the third game of the season. Perhaps things are looking up?
–The Reds scored their first run in the second inning when Chris Heisey laid down a beautiful bunt to score Jay Bruce from third base. I’m not a fan of sacrifice bunts, but when a guy takes a look at the third baseman playing deep and lays a bunt down, scoring a run, I’m a happy camper. Kudos to Heisey.
–Only one of the Cincinnati starting eight failed to get a hit: Joey Votto. (Votto did walk twice, though.)
–The homers by Cozart and Stubbs were of the back-to-back variety, and they helped Cincinnati really put this game away in the seventh inning.
–Amazingly. Cueto went into the game with a 1.39 ERA, and he lowered it to 1.31. This guy has been unreal so far in 2012.
–Sheesh, that was a fun game. More of that tomorrow, please?