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Cueto Does It Again
August 18, 2012KentuckySports.co
In part one of the day-night double header, the Reds busted out the home run stick today en route to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Johnny Cueto was, in the words of Handsome Jimmy, "off the charts, baby". He is now first in wins in the National League with 16. He is also the first Red to be the first pitcher to reach 16 wins since Jack Billingham did it back in 1974. In his eight innings of work, he gave up three hits, two runs, no walks, and eight strike outs. He was absolutely spot on today. The two runs he gave up were back in the first inning, when on an 0-2 pitch he hit lead off batter, David DeJesus and then proceeded to give up a two-run home run to Alfonso Soriano. But after that he silenced the Cubs bats.
The Reds ended up tying the game up on a two-run home run by Xavier Paul in the bottom of the second inning, his first as a Red. Then, in the bottom of the fourth it was Todd Frazier's 17th home run of the year that broke the 2-2 tie. That was then followed up by a Miguel Cairo solo home run, his first of the year, to give the Reds a 4-2 lead.
The Reds then played add on in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Jay Bruce lead off the inning with a triple into right center. He starting to hit the ball the other way and into the gap now, which is a good sign. He was then chased home on a Todd Frazier sacrifice fly, giving the Reds a 5-2 lead.
Into the ninth inning we go as Aroldis Chapman came on. While it wasn't an easy 1-2-3 inning like we grown accustomed to from him, he closed it out althought allowing a run to make it a 5-3 final.
That's all for me, folks. This is the Reds 73 win overall, and they continue to have the best home record in the National League. The Pirates and Cardinals play each other tonight, so keep your eyes peeled on that one. I will see you all a little bit later tonight as the Reds will have another one tonight at 7:10. Todd Redmond will be on the mound making his major league debut (finally). He will be opposed by the Cubs' pitcher, Brooks Railey. For the best Reds coverage in Kentucky, find me on twitter @stieneKYSCO .