Milwaukee manager Ned Yost had two words to describe Johnny Cueto after Tuesday night’s Thriller in Miller: “As advertised.”
Yost watched the 22-year-old Reds rookie put on a pitching clinic, Dominican style - 6 1/3 innings, two runs, five hits, no walksk and eight strikeouts.
Over two major-league starts, Cueto has 13 1/3 innings with 18 strikeouts and zero walks.
His record is only 1-0, though, because his teammates forgot to take their bats out of cold storage.
Cueto gave up a run in the third and a solo home run to noted Reds homicide artist Bill Hall and that home run in the seventh nearly plastered a defeat on Cueto’s nose.
The Reds trailed, 2-1, with two outs and nobody on in the ninth. And Eric Gagne had two strikes on Corey Patterson. The loss was Cueto’s.
But Patterson lobbed one into the right field corner where the Brewers shortened the fence last year to install a picnic area. Patterson’s home run probably landed in somebody’s cantaloupe but it tied the game and prevented Cueto from a highly undeserved defeat.
And isn’t it time we critics (me included) get off Corey Patterson’s back a bit. Yes, most of us want to see Jay Bruce (who is hitting .211 at Class AAA Louisville, by the way). But Patterson’s home run was his third and he also drove in the first run of Tuesday’s game with a single.
He is hitting .269 with two doubles, three homers and six RBIs. I’m willing to back off a little - but, but, but…he STILL isn’t a leadoff hitter.
He has scored six runs, three on his own homers, and his on-base average is .286 and he has one walk. My dog, Barkley, gets two walks a day.
So the Reds are 4-4, mostly because the offense is far from offensive. When Adam Dunn (batting fifth) is hitting .130 and Edwin Encarnacion (batting sixth) is hitting .083 and is 0 for 17, that’s a very Black Hole in the heart of your order.Tweet