It was a classic pitchers’ duel between Johnny Cueto (THE best pitcher in the National League) of the Reds and Zack Greinke for the Brewers. Neither allowed a run. They allowed only 7 hits total. Finally, neither one figured in winning or losing the game. That was left to the bullpen.
Speaking of bullpen, Aroldis Chapman (3-0) picked up the win for the Cincinnati Reds as he struck out 2 and didn’t allow a hit nor a run (0.00 ERA) again this year in his one inning of work. Sean Marshall came in the 9th to save the game and tried his best to give it away. He was relieved from action having allowed a homerun and two base runners and getting two outs. Logan Ondrusek came on to secure the win and get his first save of the 2012 season.
On a side note, I am still asking why in the world is Chapman not closing the games out for the Reds. I listened to John Kruk say that Reds’ manager Dusty Baker is slowly giving Chapman more work and will eventually put him in the starting rotation. However, that doesn’t explain why he just didn’t leave Chapman out there to finish the game in the 9th. He’s way too good to be used this way.
The Cincinnati Reds are now 16 and 14 and are hanging around nicely during the first third of the season. Cueto improved his already league leading ERA to a miniscule 1.12.
Which is why Johnny Cueto is the best pitcher in the National League.
The Cincinnati Reds will come home to face the East leading Washington Nationals in a three game series at GABP.