In an Opening Day game that only took five hours and 47 minutes, someone had to win — and unfortunately for the Cincinnati Reds, it was them on the wrong side of the scoreboard as the team lost to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by a final count of 3-1 in 12 innings.
The good news for Reds fans is the fact that the ace Johnny Cueto was absolutely stellar today. Cueto went seven strong innings, allowing three hits, one run and two walks, while striking out nine and taking the no decision.
There was a scary part, however, when Cueto came up limping while trying to cover first base on a ball. Luckily, he was fine and continued his success on the mound.
As I said earlier, the Reds needed ace-like stuff today and they got it from Cueto. He had the Angels’ hitters completely off balance the entire day and really showed his dominance. Unfortunately for him, the Reds were not able to muster enough offense to give him a victory today.
If Cueto pitches the rest of the season like he did today, there is no question in anyone’s mind that he could win the NL Cy Young Award. Yes, I am aware that it is entirely to early to even discuss these types of things, but the way he pitched today certainly had to be promising for this staff.
Although the Reds lost, you have to give credit to Angels’ pitcher Jered Weaver who was stellar today as well, keeping Reds hitters off balance.
The Reds are off Tuesday and are back in action against the Angels on Wednesday.
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