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Johnny Cueto Wins Pitching Duel, Helps Cincinnati Reds to 1-0 Victory Over Washington Nationals

July 27th, 2014 at 11:53 AM
By Cody Dalga

When a teams offense has issues scoring runs like the Cincinnati Reds, they have to hope for a brilliant performance from their pitching staff, which is exactly what they got on Saturday afternoon in a 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals. 

That performance came from starter Johnny Cueto, who went seven innings allowing just four hits and striking out nine while keeping the Nationals from plating a run. Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman both pitched in relief and didn't allow a single hit through the final two innings to close out the game.

It did look bleak early however. After allowing a leadoff single to Denard Span, a fielder's choice and a walk, Cueto had two on and one out. Adam LaRoche lined a ball to center which Billy Hamilton originally misplayed but make a great leaping play to get the out. Cueto retired the next batter to end the streaky first inning.

"You're really looking at what's made us successful, and what makes most teams successful: the pitching and the defense and good situational hitting," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "You don't have to be dynamic offensively; you just have to be productive."

Cincinnati's offense, which has continued to average less than two runs a game since the All-Star break, managed just four hits on the day but did manage to score the games only run in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Chris Heisey led off the inning with a ground-rule double down the left-field line. While Skip Schumaker was at the plate, Heisey stole third and the next batter, Brayan Pena, singled him home for the lone RBI. 
Cueto struck out the side in the sixth and allowed a single in the seventh before retiring the side. 

"Early in the game, the humidity was beating him up, but boy, when we took that lead, it was like a whole different guy out there," Price said of his starting pitcher.

Broxton came into the game in the eighth and retired the first two batter before allowing two runners on. Chapman took over and retired LaRoche to end the eighth. Chapman returned in the ninth and retired the side to preserve his 22nd save and the Reds victory. 
"In order to get on a roll and really start feeling good about what we're doing, it starts with putting wins together," Price said.

The win ended Cincinnati's seven-game skid. They look to win their second in a row Sunday afternoon as Mat Latos takes the mound against the Nationals. 

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