Johnny Cueto pitched the best game of his Major League career last night. He allowed just one hit in a complete-game shutout as the Reds rolled to a 9-0 victory. Cueto (2-1, 4.07) was accurate and efficient, striking out eight, not allowing a walk and throwing 102 pitches.
The performance by Cueto was especially impressive considering the fact that he often struggles with his control and appears to lose his composure on the mound from time to time. It was nice to see him having fun, smiling and pitching like everyone in Cincinnati knows he can.
The offense did their part last night, banging out 15 hits. Chris Heisey and Jay Bruce each had three hits. Heisey’s knocks were the first of his Major League career, one of which was a home run. Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Scott Rolen and Ramon Hernandez all had two hits apiece.
After being swept in Pittsburgh last month, the Reds look to return the favor this afternoon. Homer Bailey (0-2, 7.24) will be opposed by Zach Duke (2-3, 5.13).