|Pittsburgh Pirates (7-8)
|Cincinnati Reds (6-9)
|W: J. Cueto (1-2) L: F. Liriano (0-3) S: None|
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Johnny did it all today. Twelve Ks and complete and total domination of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jose Rijo had 12Ks in a shutout back in 1990. That’s how rare today’s pitching performance was in Reds history. Coming off a disappointing performance against the Jolly Rogers back in October, do you think Johnny Cueto felt like he had something to prove to the Pirate hitters? I can’t help but think it was a driving factor. A complete game shutout. Motivation is a powerful thing.
Joey Votto’s bomb off Liriano was the first HR allowed to a left-handed batter since Adam Dunn took Liriano deep all the way back in July of 2012. Don’t look now, but Joey Votto has hit 4 home runs with a lot of April left and the Cubs on the horizon. I was never worried about Joey, but for anybody who was–they can now stop. The power is back on.
Zack Cozart continues to struggle at the plate. Today he incurred the wrath of Marty. His OBP has fallen to .146.
Not so random thoughts …
The Daily Billy: A walk. A stolen base. A wild pitch. Another wild pitch. Run scored. Call it the Billy Hamilton Effect. Or, if you’re old enough to remember, Just Another Day at Riverfront for Joe Morgan.
Free Chris Heisey.