September 26, 2012
W: Cueto (19-9)
L: Fiers (9-9)
S: Chapman (36)
Dioner Navarro drives in the Reds’ first two runs of the night.
The Cincinnati Reds won the opener of their final home series of the 2012 season, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2.
Johnny Cueto started and pitched better than he has in a while. Cueto lasted 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks while striking out 5. He weathered some concern over a potential leg issue early on in the game, but clearly it didn’t bother his pitching. In his first attempt to pick up his 19th win, he did so. He should have 1 more chance to get to number 20.
The Reds took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd and never let it go. After three singles from Jay Bruce, Chris Heisey, and Drew Stubbs, Dioner Navarro came to the plate and drove in two with a line drive to left field.
In the 5th, after the Brewers had gotten on the board, the Reds responded by getting that run plus another back. Zack Cozart led off the inning with a triple. Joey Votto followed up with a double to score him. Two batter later, Bruce doubled in Votto.
Those 4 runs were enough for Cueto and the bullpen to handle. Jonathan Broxton pitched his scoreless 8th, and Aroldis Chapman, in his first save appearance since his long break, had an easy 1-2-3 9th. Chapman failed to strike anyone out, but his fastball was in the high-90s. His control was improving as the inning went along, too.
The Reds and Brewers play the second game of their series tonight. Bronson Arroyo will continue the Reds’ fight for the best record in the National League, while Shaun Marcum will try to keep the Brewers’ wild card hopes alive. Game time is 7:10pm.
September 26, 2012
After their day off on Monday, the Reds won the series opener with the Brewers, 4-2, last night. It got Johnny Cueto his 19th win of the season (so 20 is still a possibility) and got Aroldis Chapman his 36th save (his first since he’s been back from that arm weakness). Dioner Navarro went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI.
The series continues tonight at 7:10 p.m. Bronson Arroyo (RHP, 12-8, 3.63 ERA) takes on Shaun Marcum (RHP, 5-4, 3.86 ERA). Marcum has done well since returning from the DL, but Arroyo has been on-freaking-fire for the last month plus. He’s allowed only 1 run over 8 innings his last time out, against the Dodgers on Friday.
Get Well Soon, Dusty
The tight-lip-ness of the Reds about the condition of manager Dusty Baker seemed to indicate there was something big they weren’t telling us, and that did turn out to be the case. As he was being discharged from the hospital in Chicago, he suffered a minor stroke and was treated on the spot.
Baker had been admitted to the hospital for an irregular heartbeat, and apparently small strokes aren’t uncommon in people who have that condition, so the folks at the hospital knew to be on the lookout for it and responded promptly. He’s expected to make a full recovery and may even be back to managing the team when they play the last regular season series in St. Louis.
Interestingly, another thing that’s typical for people with Baker’s condition is for them to retain water. The treatment apparently caused him to lose a bunch of water weight because all the guys who are being quoted in the stories are saying how good he looks. He hasn’t met with the media since he’s been in the hospital, so it’ll be quite the unveiling of a slender Baker come the St. Louis series.
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The last time the Reds had a 20-game winning pitcher was 24 years ago (1988) when Danny Jackson won 23 games. Johnny Cueto was 2 years old when that happened.