Just like a hot goaltender can stop a stop a hockey team that is on fire, so too can a hot pitcher stop a baseball team that has had an impressive stretch.
Cincinnati Reds‘ hurler Johnny Cueto held the Pittsburgh Pirates to just one hit and one walk with six strikeouts in eight strong innings of work. The Reds picked up a 6-0 win and tied the Pirates for second place in the National League Central. With the win, Cueto upped his record to 3-0 and lowered his earned run average to 2.17.
The Pirates lone hit was by the light-hitting veteran Brandon Inge when he singled to left field in the fifth inning. Offense is starting to become a bit of a concern for the Pirates. In three of their last four games, they have been held to one run or less.
That is all fine and good when the team is winning, but how long can they expect to keep winning games 1-0? In fact, if the offense had given him some support, maybe starter Wandy Rodriguez could have walked away with a win on Friday. He allowed just two runs on two solo home runs in seven inning pitched.
The Pirates are hoping their bats will heat up in game two of the series on Saturday when they face Mike Leake. Earlier this season, they were able to tag Leake for 10 hits and five runs. The Pirates will counter with veteran lefty Francisco Liriano, who is 3-1 in his first four starts. He has never faced the Reds before in his eight-year career.