Johnny Cueto Goes Six in Return, Reds Top Brewers 5-1 June 16th, 2013 at 7:32 PM
By Cody Dalga
In his second return from an injury this season, Johnny Cueto went six strong innings giving up five hits and a single earned run while striking out three in todays 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
"He was excellent," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We took him about as far as we could take him. It was a good game. We were scratching for runs, but we scratched out as many as we could."
In the first, Cueto allowed a solo home run off the bat of Carlos Gomez giving the Brewers an early 1-0 lead. But Cueto helped himself an inning later.
In the bottom half of the second, Xavier Paul led off with a walk and Jack Hannahan
reached on an error putting two runners on. After a fielders choice, Cueto laid down a suicide squeeze to score a run and tie the game at one.
"I'm confident with Johnny on almost anything," Baker said.
The Reds piled on more runs in the third. After a leadoff double from Zack Cozart
, Joey Votto
advanced him to third on a groundout and he scored on a Brandon Phillips
groundout. Jay Bruce
followed with a solo homerun on a line drive to right center.
In the sixth Donald Lutz
hit a two run single to extend the lead to 5-1.
Alfredo Simon, who pitched three innings, recorded his first save on the year. He only allowed two hits while striking out six.
"What a job by Simon," Baker said. "We all thought the days of the three-inning saves were dead, but he saved my bullpen today. He did a great job without a whole lot of pitches."
The St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Miami Marlins this afternoon, putting the Reds two and a half games back of first place. Cincinnati will start a four game series with Pittsburgh tomorrow.
Tags: Alfredo Simon
, brandon phillips
, Cincinnati Reds
, Donald Lutz
, Dusty Baker
, Jack Hannahan
, Jay Bruce
, Joey Votto
, Johnny Cueto
, Xavier Paul
, zack cozart