It was all about the young Johnny Cueto today at PNC park in Pittsburgh. Today's performance was a career best for Cueto as he went eight full while fanning nine. Even Pirate manager John Russell acknowledged that "Cueto just never gave us a chance" in his post game comments. Johnny only allowed four hits and one walk so he was totally dominate this afternoon. He actually retired 13-14 in one stretch. Johnny has a team best 1.65 ERA in his five starts and now owns a 2-1 record that with a little more timely hitting could be much better than that.
Jay Bruce slammed his team high sixth home run this afternoon and in the past week has been among the National League leaders in offense. Brandon Phillips was two for four and looking to get on track at the plate. His glove has again been golden this season. Catcher Ramon Hernadez seems to be coming around at the plate as well. Ramon was two for three with three RBI's to raise his average to a more respectable .261 for the season. I was really beginning to wonder about Ramon hitting enough to hold this job down, well he's hitting now like he don't want to give it up.
The Reds have now won every road series so far this season. That's right taking two of three in Pittsburgh puts the Reds at 9-4 on the road this year. Now if we can get this kind of performance at Great American Ballpark this could be a really exciting season for my Reds!!!!!!!!!!