June 23, 2008

Reds 1, Yankees 4: Cueto Good Again, Patterson Not

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W: Pettitte (8-5) L: Cueto (5-6) S: Rivera (21)


After being swept by the Dodgers at, the Reds traveled to New York where things weren’t looking promising. Of course, that was before Edinson Volquez started and won the opener of the series. He really has been something amazing this year. The Reds shut out the Yankees somehow in the second game and had a chance to sweep them.

Johnny Cueto started, and was good for the third time in a row. Ever since his terrible start–something like 10 runs allowed–a few starts ago, he’s looked much better. I don’t know if he or the Reds figured out his problem, but something’s clicked and he no longer looks clueless.

Of course, the same can’t be said of Corey Patterson and the Reds offense. After homering earlier in the series to raise his batting average to .192. Yes, I said raise. Patterson put up another 0-fer and dropped it to .189. Sigh. When will this waste of a roster spot be released? Dusty Baker’s no longer batting him lead-off, which doesn’t really feel like a victory.

To be fair, Patterson wasn’t the only culprit in not hitting, but he is the easiest to make fun of.

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