|Milwaukee Brewers (21-10)
|Cincinnati Reds (14-16)
|W: J. Cueto (3-2) L: Y. Gallardo (2-1) S: none|
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Give Johnny Cueto 4 runs and it’s a fait accompli. That’s French for “it’s done.” Four runs and Bernie Brewer was finished. Stick a fork in ‘em. Brayan Pena keeps giving the Reds surprising offense while we wait for Mez the Destroyer to return to the lineup. Brandon Phillips had 3 hits tonight. From an offensive standpoint, he needed this night badly. Perhaps the night off wasn’t such a bad idea. Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick both had good nights at the plate. The great thing about Todd is that he’s sooooo good defensively at third base, that when he has night’s like this, he becomes a really valuable chess piece. He looked to be centering everything tonight.
Nope. Nothing to see here.
Not so random thoughts …
Skip Schumacher was on the bench tonight. Which means the bench got a little fortification. Sam LeCure put another nail in the ONLY A SELECT FEW CAN PITCH THE 9TH coffin.
All anybody wants to talk about is Johnny Cueto. And why not? This is an incredible beginning to his season. I hope Cingrani sees what Johnny is doing. Guy has at least 4 pitches now he can not just throw, but locate. They both throw with deception. I also hope Tony keeps working on more pitches doesn’t use his fastball as a crutch. The great thing about having Bryan Price as your manager is that you probably don’t have to worry about pitcher development as long as he’s part of the organization.
Lot’s of complaining about Reds hitting last night. And many times it’s warranted. But, sometimes, you just have to acknowledge the guy on the hill. Tonight, the Brewers had to tip their caps to Johnny. Right now, Cueto is the best pitcher in the National League. And he can hit sometimes, too.