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Johnny Cueto Leaves Game in Second, Reds Shutout for Consecutive Nights

June 29th, 2013 at 11:24 AM
By Cody Dalga

Just when the Cincinnati Reds thought the past week couldn't get any worse, they were sadly mistaken. Ace Johnny Cueto left last nights game in the second inning and they were shutout for the second consecutive night in a 4-0 loss to the Texas Rangers. 

'Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

After finding a place on the disabled list twice this season, Cueto may find himself on it yet again after leaving in the second inning last night with tightness in his right lat. 

"It is discouraging for him, and us," Dusty Baker said. "We'll just have to go back to the drawing board."

Tony Cingrani entered the game in relief for Cueto with the Reds already trailing 1-0. He had a wild second inning giving up two runs on a single and four walks. 

"I went from sitting on the bench just hanging out to, 'Hey, you're in the game.' I didn't have a warmup before the game," Cingrani said. "I just went out and started throwing."

Cingrani's relief appearance lasted four innings. He gave up three earned runs and had six walks as his ERA raised to 3.42 on the season.
 
The Cincinnati offense again failed to show up even though they collected eight hits. They have failed to score a run in 22 innings, which is the longest such streak since July of 2010. 
"When you're not scoring runs over a period of time, everybody looks great against you," Baker said. "This whole streak, it's the first time we've seen a lot of pitchers."
 
There were a few bright spots on the night including Zack Cozart, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce who all collected two hits. Mike Leake will be on the mound tonight against the Rangers. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. 
 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Baseball, brandon phillips, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, MLB, Tony Cingrani, zack cozart

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