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A Johnny Cueto masterpiece: Reds win 4-0, take series



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CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 16: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on April 16, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Final: Reds 4 Pirates 0 Boxscore
*1st time winning back-to-back games since Sept 22-23 last year (Pit/NY), a span of 20 games.
*First series win of season, after dropping first four series. Reds now 6-9.
*How about Johnny Cueto?: Complete game shutout, 3 H, 0 BB, career high 12 K. 
He threw 107 pitches/71 for strikes. 25 called strikes, 13 swing and miss. He threw a first pitch strike to 21 of 30 batters faced.
His lsat complete game was June 12, 2012 vs Indians at GABP....his 7th of career.
*It was Cueto’s 4th straight start. He never made 4 consecutive starts last year.
*Last year for Cueto: 3 starts, DL, 3 starts, DL, 3 starts, DL, 3 starts, season ended.
*I’ve always loved Votto in the 2nd spot....HR #4...4 in last 6 games.
*Votto batting 2nd: 5 games, 8 for 17 (.470), 2B, 3 HR, 6 R, 7 RBI, 4 BB, .571 OBP. Team record 3-2, have won 3 of 4.
*Offense has scored 30 runs in last four games. Had scored 21 runs in previous 8 games.
*Day off for Mesoraco and Bruce. Starts for Pena and Heisey.
*2 hit day: Pena
*Hit for Hamilton, Votto, Heisey, Ludwick, Cozart.
*Billy: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 SB, 1 BB.
*Bottom 1st:
Billy Hamilton BB, SB, advanced on WP, Votto BB, both advanced on another WP...Hamilton scored....1-0.
*Bottom 7th:
Hamilton reached on FC, Votto 2-run HR, 3-0 Reds. First HR that Liriano's has served up to LH batter since July of 2012.
*Bottom 8th:
Bryan Pena RBI 2B scored Heisey...his 1st RBI of season....4-0.
*Cozart batting average on balls in play this year: .118, last year .285, career .280.
*Clint Hurdle challenged/won a ruling on final out of inning. Teams returned to field. Liriano grounded into FC on next pitch to end inning.
*Cueto out on bunt/catcher's interference.
*89 shutouts during the regular season in the 12-year history of Great American Ball Park, including 4 this season (1-0 Cardinals win on Opening Day, 1-0 Reds win on 4/2, 1-0 Rays win on 4/12).
*There have only been 18 complete-game shutouts during the regular season at GABP, 12 by Reds pitchers and 6 by opposing pitchers.
*Homer Bailey threw the last complete-game shutout at GABP on 7/2/13, when he no-hit the Giants in a 3-0 Reds win.
*Replay review: Umpires reviewed Bernadina out at plate, when it appeared Sanchez was blocking plate before he had ball. Play stood. Out.
*Next: 10 game road trip.
3 vs Cubs
3 vs Pirates
4 vs Braves


CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 16: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds runs to third base in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on April 16, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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