The Cincinnati Reds finished up their very long 11 games in 11 days west coast road trip in style by defeating the San Diego (no one know what that word means, we may never know) Padres 4-2 on Sunday afternoon in San Diego.
Johnny Cueto, the ace of the Cincinnati Reds staff, pulled off enough magic to pick up his 10th win of the season and finish the first “half” of the year 10-5. The line for Cueto on Sunday wasn’t pretty, but was a win. He went only 5.2 innings, thus ending the 10 game quality start streak the Cincinnati Reds’ starters had going, gave up 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 base-on-balls and only 5 strike outs. But, as I said, it was enough to pick up the win and end the road trip for the Reds with a 6-5 record.
The Cincinnati Reds were led at the plate by the homerun again. This time it was back to back dingers from Jay Bruce (2-run shot) and Ryan Ludwick (solo shot). Brandon Phillips contributed a 3 for 5 day and drove in 1 run.
The story, again, was the starting pitching for the Cincinnati Reds. Cueto maintained his league leading ERA of 2.39 in the win. The Reds’ bullpen did their job well by not allowing a hit and striking out 5 to close out the game. Aroldis Chapman was responsible for 2 of those strike outs (he struck out the side on Saturday night to pick up the save) in the 9th to pick up his 11th save of the season. It does appear that whatever problems Chapman was happening, are no more. Hopefully, he will continue his great work throughout the All-Star break.
The Cincinnati Reds finished the first half of the season at 47-38 and one game out of the divisional lead. They have positioned themselves to be in great shape as the second half starts on Thursday with Cueto again taking the mound.