The story of the day in the NL Central, if not all of MLB, was the premiere of rookie Reds (2-1) starter Johnny Cueto against the Diamondbacks (1-2).
At 5 feet, 11 inches, he was looked over because he was considered too short to be a Major League pitcher. Such rampant size-ism in professional sports these days. Tsk. Tsk. Cueto (1-0) picked up his first win by being perfect through 5 and striking out 10 in 7 innings. And somehow Dusty Baker didn’t even let him reach 100 pitches! Crazy. Cueto becomes the first rookie for the Reds to debut in such awesome fashion. Ever! For his next start, I hear he’s going to pull a rabbit from a hat. You won’t want to miss that!
Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his first save, while Doug Davis (0-1) was charged with the loss.
The Reds host the Phillies tonight. Kyle Kendrick (0-0) starts against Josh Fogg (0-0). The action begins at 7:10pm EDT.