You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Hal: Cueto marches Reds past Dodgers

It was more than fitting that the Cincinnati Reds wore military-style camouflage uniform tops and hats Wednesday night in Great American Ball Park.

It was like the old military song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” because Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto marched through the Los Angeles Dodgers the way Genghis Khan flattened Turkey.

Cueto held the Dodgers to no runs and three hits over six innings, walking none and striking out 12 for the pizza-lovers. He needed 112 pitches to get through six innings so he only made it through two-thirds of his assignment.

But what a two-thirds it was as Cueto lowered his earned-run average to 1.85 and pushed his record above .500 at 6-5. And the Reds actually scored three runs in the third inning so Cueto could take a deep breath now and then.

“That’s why we call him Johnny Beisbol,” said catcher Brayan Pena. Cueto actually wears a t-shirt that says Johnny Beisbol. “Johnny does what he always does best and that’s pitching. The fact we scored some runs for him made a big difference because he can go out there and relax.

“He is one of those guys who if you give him a few runs he can use all his arsenal, go after them with everything he has. He asked for just a little run support and he’ll give us a chance to win the ballgame.”

Cueto’s effort, coupled with a two-run double by Joey Votto and a home run by Jay Bruce, lifted the Reds to a 5-0 victory after losing the first two of this four-game series.

Cueto was a strikeout machine. He struck out one in the first, two in the second, two in the third, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth. He struck out Yasiel Puig two times, both on disputed calls by rookie umpire Seth Buckminster. Cueto is the fourth Reds pitcher since 1914 to strike out at least 12 batters in six innings, joining Jim Maloney, Dennys Reyes and Edinson Volquez.

When Matt Kemp struck out for the second time in two at-bats, a called third strike in the fifth, Kemp howled at the plate and kept howling from the dugout, earning himself an ejection, the eighth of his career.

Cueto said he could have pitched one more inning and even stated his case after six innings to manager Bryan Price, but Price wouldn’t budge.

“I told him I could go one more inning, but he said no and that was that because he is the manager,” said Cueto.

Price is protecting his golden arm.

“They dragged out a lot of at-bats and fouled off a lot of good pitches,” said Price. “They made him throw a lot of pitches. Subsequently he was out of there after six innings, but those were six innings we had to have. He couldn’t have given us a better effort.”

Cueto smiled broadly when it was mentioned how hard he had to work because the Dodgers made him throw a lot of pitches and he said, “Yes, I was trying to strike them all out.” He nearly succeeded — 12 of the 21 batters he faced.

To make it a complete pitcher’s night, after Cueto left, the bullpen put a yellow ribbon on the shutout with Logan Ondrusek, Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman stringing it out. Chapman finished it with two strikeouts, the last one a 100-mph fastball that Scott Van Slyke took. And he knew it was strike three. He was leaving the batter’s box and headed for the showers before Buckminster bellowed his call.

Cueto was matched against Korean Hyun-Jin Ryu, who nearly pitched a perfect game against the Reds earlier this season, retiring the first 21 batters he faced. And Ryu brought a 5-0 road record this season with a 0.95 ERA.

The Reds took it to him with two outs and nobody on in the third when he walked Billy Hamilton. After Hamilton stole second, Ryu also walked Todd Frazier and Votto slapped a two-run double down the left-field line. Brandon Phillips lobbed a single to left to make it 3-0.

“When I got the three-run lead I said to myself I have to tighten it up right now because these are the innings they are going to come after me,” Cueto said.

Bruce gave him an extra run in the bottom of the sixth with a 420-foot home run to right field and Cueto was tighter than a Swiss watch in making certain nothing sprang loose.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Boomer or Chad? Ranking the Bengals’ 10 best second-round draft picks
Boomer or Chad? Ranking the Bengals’ 10 best second-round draft picks

The 2017 NFL draft continues tonight with the second and third rounds. After taking Washington receiver John Ross in the first round, what will the Cincinnati Bengals do for an encore? Hope to find a player as productive as these were for them. Here are the 10 best second-round picks in Bengals history: The man who blocked for the only two-time Heisman...
Sports Today: NFL draft reaction, Ohio State still DBU, college recruiting update
Sports Today: NFL draft reaction, Ohio State still DBU, college recruiting update

How’s your NFL draft hangover?  Probably worse if you’re a Chicago Bears fan, but we’ll get to that later.  My immediate take on the Cincinnati Bengals taking Washington receiver John Ross in the first round was they could have used that pick more smartly.  That doesn’t mean I believe it was a bad pick...
NFL Draft: Will the Bengals take controversial running back on Day 2?
NFL Draft: Will the Bengals take controversial running back on Day 2?

The Cincinnati Bengals will have two more picks in the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft on Friday. One of those picks is likely to be a defensive end, but whether it comes with the 41st or 73rd overall pick will depend on the first eight players selected when drafting resumes at 7 p.m. »RELATED: Need for speed fulfilled for Bengals After...
FSU’s Dalvin Cook among high-profile players still undrafted
FSU’s Dalvin Cook among high-profile players still undrafted

The first night of the NFL draft was full of surprises, from the seemingly lopsided trades of teams looking to move up to the players selected several spots before they were projected to go. >> Read more trending news Perhaps the most surprising thing about Thursday’s first round was the collection of names that remained on the board for...
H.S. Results for 4/27: Monroe tallies two grand slams in win

Faith Hensley and Alexis Arnold each had a grand slam in leading Monroe to a 16-1 win over Valley View in softball on Thursday. Hensley went 2-for-3 and Arnold 3-for-4 on the day. Sam Schwab added two hits and three RBI and Alyssa Wagner notched her 11th win. Hannah Powers drove in Valley View’s lone run. It marked the 12th consecutive victory...
More Stories