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Johnny Cueto brings his broom to the ballpark, Reds dismantle D-backs 10-3

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Johnny Cueto.  Cueto pitched 7 innings of 3 run ball, and kept his team in the game.  He also added an infield hit, his 3rd of the season.  Cueto's ERA went up with his 4th win, to 1.93, which is still 3rd in the NL.  At one point tonight, Cueto had retired 11 batters in a row.

Key Plays

  • In the 3rd, Brandon Phillips doubled in 2 runs with two outs.
  • In the 7th, a double by Jerry Hairston Jr. and singles by the bottom of the order in Adam Rosales, Chris Dickerson, and Ryan Hanigan extended to the lead to a point that was out of reach by the D-Backs. 
  • Just in case 8 runs wasn't enough, Phillips had another 2-run double in the 8th.


Other notes:

  • The Reds completed the sweep, the first one against the Diamondbacks in 10 years.  More importantly, they ensured themselves a non-losing road trip by winning the first three games.  One win against the Padres this weekend, and they win the trip.
  • Even better, the Reds are now in FIRST PLACE, BITCHES.  Along with Milwaukee and St. Louis, of course, but still, a share of the lead is better than nothing at all.
  • Willy Taveras was 3-for-5 and stole his 10th base of the season.  He's 10% on his way to his SB goal, but more importantly, his OBP keeps climbing, and he's around the .380 mark now.  Great to see.
  • Brandon Phillips drove in 4 runs, and now leads the Reds in RBI.
  • Chris Dickerson and Ryan Hanigan both had two hits in a rare start.  Am I the only one who thinks that Dickerson plays much better when he's not under pressure?
  • The Reds have the day off tomorrow, which stinks, but at least everyone (Votto) will be healthy for the San Diego series.