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Cueto's back, again. Reds 5. Brewers 1

Johnny gave up 1 run in 6, and Alfredo none in 3.


The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Johnny Cueto allowed a solo HR and a double in the first, but settled down after that to shut down Milwaukee. Big honorable mention to Alfredo Simon, who earned the unusual 3-inning save after a taxing week for the bullpen. For the offense, Jay Bruce knocked his 12th four-bagger of the year, and Donald Lutz gave the Reds a couple of insurance runs with a big pinch hit.

Key Plays

  • After Carlos Gomez gave Milwaukee a temporary lead in the first, Cueto got the run back in the second with a bunt to score Xavier Paul from third. 1 all.
  • In the next inning, Zack Cozart led off with a double and advanced and then scored on groundouts from Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. One groundout was paycheck-worthy, the other was not. Bruce then blasted a drive to right-center to put the Reds up 3-1.
  • In the 6th, Donald Lutz PHd for Cueto, who the Reds obviously didn't want to overwork. He finished his six innings in an efficient 88 pitches. Anyways, Lutz singled up the middle to plate Paul and Hanahan. That made it 5-1, where it'd stay.

This is a Fangraph of the Reds' most recent victory

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Simon's 3-inning save was the first since Micah Owings on 9.1.09
  • Reds are back to being one of two teams above .600 (HT to Joel for both of the tidbits).
  • Old school jam for Father's Day.