When you are riding a four game losing streak and desperately need a victory, if you are the Cincinnati Reds you call on Johnny Cueto, your ace. That is exactly what the Reds did on Saturday afternoon at GABP and, boy, did he deliver against the Minnesota Twins.
Cueto went 7 innings, allowed 3 hits, 1 base-on-balls, struck out a season high 9 and, most importantly, allowed no runs (earned or otherwise). That’s right, Johnny Cueto didn’t allow a single run in a ball game for the first time this season. He continued his hot streak by winning his fifth in a row to improve his record to 9-3. Cueto also lowered his ERA to 2.21. He is 1.90 in the month of June.
The Cincinnati Reds broke open a 0-0 game in the 4th when Brandon Phillips, himself on fire as of late, hit his 10th homerun of the season. It was a two run shot that went 417 feet over the centerfield wall. Scott Rolen and Cueto, of all people, added two more before the inning was over. That was all Cueto needed to get the win. To make matters even rosier, the Cincinnati Reds’ bullpen, a little suspect lately, came on and worked two scoreless innings to keep the Twins scoreless.
The win moved the Cincinnati Reds to a record of 39-31 (21-14 at home) and kept them in first place in the division. The two teams will go at it again on Sunday in the rubber match of the series in the Queen City. The Cincinnati Reds will have Mike Leake (2-5, 4.70 ERA) on the mound to try and start a new winning streak and give the Reds a winning record in their 15 interleague games this season before they resume divisional play on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Leake will be looking to continue from his exceptional outing earlier in the week in which he allowed 1 run in 7 innings.