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.