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Johnny Cueto Continues His Dominance; Five-Run Fifth Inning Pushes Cincinnati Reds Past San Francisco Giants 6-2

June 28th, 2014 at 12:27 PM
By Cody Dalga

In Johnny Cueto's last start at AT&T Park in San Francisco, which happened to be the 2012 National League Division Series, he lasted just eight pitches. Last night he put that start behind him and continued his 2014 dominance with a eight and a third inning outing allowing just two runs on three hits in the Cincinnati Reds' 6-2 win over the Giants.

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The two runs did raise his ERA to 1.88, but that still leads the majors. 

"It's getting boring, man," right fielder Jay Bruce said jokingly."He's done a great job, he really has. He's really, really grown as a pitcher. He's out there controlling the game. It's something I love to see, and I think everyone else on the team loves to see it, too."

The win, which has helped the Reds collect a record of 12-4 in their last 16 games, was started two hits in the first inning- one each by Billy Hamilton and Todd Frazier. Unfortunately both were picked off by Giants starter Madison Bumgarner. Scoreless after four, the Reds offense kicked it into high gear with a five-run fifth inning.
 
Devin Mesoraco led it off with a double to left and advanced to third on a one-out single by Chris Heisey. Zack Cozart singled home Mesoraco and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cueto which saw all runners reach base safely.

"When I get up in big situations, I want to come through for the team," Cozart said. "We knew in that inning if we could just put up a couple, Cueto was on top of his game. It was a big inning for us, and Cueto took care of the rest."

Hamilton then got payback with a bloop single to left to score two. Singles later by Frazier and Bruce scores runs to give the Reds a 5-0 lead. 
 
The Giants were finally able to muster some offense with an RBI triple by Tyler Colvin and a run scoring groundout by Hunter Pence. The inning began with a leadoff walk to Brandon Hicks. 

"When you get five runs ahead, you think, 'Now I've got to go forward. I have to be aggressive,'" Cueto said. "I have to be on top. That's easy."

After batting in the ninth, it look like Cueto would finish the game but lasted only an out in the ninth before Aroldis Chapman took over and picked up his 16th save this year. The Reds have won three in a row and six of the last seven games. 
 
Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Baseball, Billy Hamilton, Chris Heisey, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, MLB, todd frazier, zack cozart

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