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Johnny Cueto bests Cubs for NL-leading 16th win

Aug 18, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

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Johnny Cueto continued to bolster his case for the National League Cy Young award this afternoon against the Cubs, giving up two runs over eight innings as part of a 5-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Cueto is now the National League’s first 16-game winner. David Price of the Rays got there on Thursday in the American League.

Cueto gave up just three hits while striking out eight, walking one and hitting a batter. The 26-year-old right-hander served up a two-run home run to Alfonso Soriano in the top of the first inning, but he held the Cubs scoreless the rest of the way, including retiring 19 out of the last 20 batters he faced. He’s now second in the National League behind Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann with a 2.44 ERA and owns an excellent 135/37 K/BB ratio over 169 2/3 innings.

Cueto got his help on offense from Todd Frazier, Xavier Paul and Miguel Cairo, who all launched homers off Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija. Frazier later added a sacrifice fly for some insurance in the bottom of the eighth inning. The 26-year-old rookie is on an incredible roll right now, hitting .515 (17-for-33) with four home runs and 11 RBI over his last night games.

Things got a little tense in the ninth inning, as Aroldis Chapman gave up his first run since June 24 on a two-out bloop single to left field by Welington Castillo. However, he was able to bounce back to strike out Joe Mather swinging to strand the tying runs on base and notch his 29th save of the season. The hit by Castillo ended a scoreless streak of 23 consecutive outings for Chapman. The hard-throwing left-hander also had a 33-game scoreless streak earlier this season.

The National League Central-leading Reds will look for their third straight victory tonight when they send the newly-promoted Todd Redmond to the hill against Cubs left-hander Brooks Raley. As Peter Gammons noted earlier this afternoon, this will be the first time that the Reds have used someone other than Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey or Mike Leake to start a game this season.

  1. jhorton83 - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Whereas the AL race is tight, I don’t see how Cueto loses the NL Cy Young barring a complete collapse in his last several starts.

    • keithbangedyermom - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      RA Dickey begs to differ, as does Gio Gonzalez, Aroldis Chapman, Matt Cain and Craig Kimbrel. Its a tight race in the NL too.

      • mrredlegz - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        The Reds launched 3 or 4 bombs of Dickey the other night at GABP. He’s fading fast.

      • keithbangedyermom - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:55 PM

        Oh….I didn’t realize Cueto hadn’t had a bad game all year. Or that he had as many strikeouts as R.A.

      • mrredlegz - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:48 AM

        Well, I don’t remember him getting shelled like that, and I don’t miss many. Not to mention that beatdowns in August tend to carry more weight than beatdowns in May.

      • Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 8:28 AM

        Right. Losses in August are worth .75 games in the standings whereas losses in May are only worth .50 games in the standings. Pass math in grade school, did ya?

  2. johnnyb1976 - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Enter oldgator’s hateful rant about Johnny Queto in 3…….2……..1…….

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      Here you go: MLB disgraces itself every time it lets that brutal gutter thug step onto a ballfield in the major league uniform of such a proud old franchise. Wouldn’t want to disappoint you in your worship of this miserable piece of shit.

      • mrredlegz - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

        Not that you have any vested interest in the Reds or Cueto or anything.

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2012 at 8:14 PM

        None whatsoever – just a passing interest in common decency, sportsmanship and the integrity of the game I love

      • ptfu - Aug 19, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        How lucky can one guy be?
        Like the fella once said,
        Ain’t that a kick in the head?

  3. johnnyb1976 - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM



  4. watchfullhose - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Dude is having a great year

  5. whodeytn - Aug 18, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Here you go: MLB disgraces itself every time it lets that brutal gutter thug step onto a ballfield in the major league uniform of such a proud old franchise. Wouldn’t want to disappoint you in your worship of this miserable piece of shit.

    You’re pathetic

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      And just what is it about a thug who kicks on the head of a guy who’s lying at his feet – with spiked shoes, no less – that you find so admirable? You want pathetic, it’s wearing a Reds uniform these days

      • nsideindy - Aug 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

        When you are in a fight…you do what you have to do. After all, the other guy is trying to hurt you too.

      • redsworldseries - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM

        It’s so pathetic to wear the uniform of the best team in baseball

      • Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        It’s pathetic when the uniform of the current best team in baseball, which also happens to be the uniform of the oldest franchise in the league, the uniform that has graced the likes of Ernie Lombardi, Joe Morgan, Jim Maloney Johnny Bench, Edd Roush, Sparky Anderson, Don Gullet, Vada Pinson, Barry Larkin, Frank Robinson, Tom Seaver, Fred Hutchinson, Barry Larkin…the list could be as long as its storied history – should now be worn by a wretched, cowardly thug like Johnny Cueto.

      • scotsmanrex - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM

        He did not kick anyone and did not try to one purpose. Get a grip. STL won the WS and what did we do? Stock, reload and refocus. Our franchise player is still around locked up for 10 more years. Injured now, so make your puny pathetic feel better about my team who cant rise above Pittsburgh jokes now. Then we have the best minor league system in the biz. We have the best bullpen in the biz. Who made all this possible? Oh yeah your former GM Walt. So LaRussa is lucky. Lucky enough to have a roid freak on the all star team give the reds home field advantage in the WS. So thanks Tony. Greatest thing a Stl guy every did. So it backfired and went in our favor. Enjoy the WS win now cuz it will never be in my lifetime a STL WS win. Hate you? No! Hate your attitude. YES! Fighting over what? That we are always your team to beat. Sorry it’s sports get over it. Good luck cuz the pirates are gonna win the wildcard over STL. Good day and may the good guys win one for a change. GO Reds! (Haters gonna hate)

  6. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    The other guy was lying at his feet at the time. But maybe that’s just the way you were brought up – in Over the Rhine, most likely.

    • scotsmanrex - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      So its ok to start a fight (STL) but when your getting beat up its not ok to fight back. I see, so you bad mouth a whole city who had nothing to do with the fight and a whole state for that matter. Just weird. So I suppose that’s how it goes in the STL. You beat people up but how dare them fight back as STL is above Cincy and shouldn’t be bother by the lesser Cincy. 2 bad MLB sings your praises all season and you let them down in STL. The best team? Well what are we now up like 8 games? And that’s without Votto (He who laughs last laughs best) Enjoy your WS win cuz you’ll never see one in a long time as the reds and pirates will always be ahead of you in the central. I guess you can take over for leaving for the AL west Astros in the bottom of the standings in ’13. We do all of this winning with rookies (Cozart and R.O.Y. leader Frazier who didn’t even make the team in Spring Training) and left overs and utility guys (Rolen, Valdez, Cairo, Ludwick with 25 HRs) and people other teams took a dump on (Brandon Phillips). The most nice and best mannered team in baseball and most charitable team and organization. So what would you do if 30 huge guys were trying to crush you (The pitcher) when you had no part in battle of words. Words! settle down BP is a nice guy. He gives his own money away to make sure 2 guys went to a game. A game reds were playing in SF!! Boguth the rooms, tickets, food and airfare. Then he went to a little league game cuz a kid on twitter asked him as it was in the area. He also offered anyone near him to join him at a local pizza place for free pizza. So don’t judge someone unless you know them . Maybe you need 2 look in the mirror. Maybe it is you who is miserable piece of shit. I mean if you were not then you wouldn’t say it to others. Pick on the real losers. Braun, A-Rod, Melky and whoever else disgraces the game by cheating. The worst Cincy did in history was bet on a few games. Maybe you need to learn how you are suppose to act in society and you wouldn’t have to make yourself feel better by calling out someone who has done no wrong and is one of the good guys who is winning. Seems to me you are a-lot like MLB itself only the roid, cheating, shitheads on the big rich teams who get the attention. Bryce Harper, Melky, Braun, A-Rod and the rest. Now MLB has to suck it up and praise the Reds. So suck on that! And the reds do this winning the right way with hard work, respect, dedication, loyalty to the fans and give back to city and charities of the area who help the reds players make the big paychecks.

  7. metalhead65 - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    awesome year for the reds,Cuteo gets the cy young and Frazier gets the ROY! the guy is putting up huge numbers playing multiple positions. the chosen one has faded dince the all star and while he has a bright future he should not get the award for a good start and being young. miserable piece of shit is a great description for old gator and the team he follows.

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      No one has been harder on the Feesh this season than me, unlike mindless, tasteless homeboys like yourself who think it’s fine for members of your team to behave like Neanderthal slugs as long as you’re winning. I don’t doubt you’ll also be the first to rip them if they start losing.

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