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|W: J. Cueto (4-2) L: I. Kennedy (2-5)|
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For the 9th time this season, Johnny Cueto has gone 7 or more innings. In Reds history, you gotta go all the way back to Bucky Walters in 1945 to better this innings start by Johnny.
Zack Cozart had 3 hits, 2 McRBIs, and scored a run. He is now officially over the Mendoza Line at .208. Our national nightmare is over, amirite?
Brandon Phillips slipped the surly bonds of earth for the 3rd time this season, giving the Reds the lead and a 3-0 cushion for a change.
With two outs in the bottom of the 5th, Skip Schumaker produced a critical single that kept the inning alive for Brandon Phillips. Sometimes, the sequence of a hit is just as important as the hit with RISP.
Not so random thoughts …
Third complete game of the year for Cueto and second complete game shutout. Even Mike Matheny won’t be able to ignore this come July. One of the reasons Johnny so consistently outperforms his peripherals is because he holds the running game in check so well. Batters who reach first base rarely advance on Cueto. Today, with a runner cut down attempting to steal and two double plays, we saw further evidence today how hard it is to touch home plate when Johnny is on the mound.
The Daily Billy: I’ve believed that given the potential havoc and unusual run-scoring leverage Hamilton provides, even an OBP floor as little as .300 just might be enough to justify his presence at the top of the lineup. With 2 hits today, his OBP is now .302.
My Knob Creek Player of the Game: Zack Cozart. Because.
Injury update from C. Trent Rosecrans: “Reds manager Bryan Price said Latos was feeling “great” after his bullpen session on Wednesday, and is on track to re-join the team in early June. “I’m really excited because he’s feeling, he said, as good as he’s felt in years,” Price said. “That’s a pretty bold statement for a guy who has thrown a lot of innings, pitched in a lot of big games and won a lot of games to say something like that as we get closer to his potential activation that looks like early June.”