Cueto, Dunn lead Reds over Tigers
Starter fans four in four innings, left-fielder goes deep in win
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
On the surface, doesn't look that fantastic, but OK. In reality, IMO,Reds on the mound: Starter Johnny Cueto gave up two earned runs and two hits over four innings, walking three and striking out four.
it was a lot better than that.
All the damage was done in the first frame. The Tigers got a couple of "bloop" hits (didn't see the game - game thread info). He seemed to be a little rattled and passed out a few walks - walking in a run. Then he got out of it. 2 hits, two walks, two runs. Avoided the big inning.
Then comes the great part; he comes back and retires the next 11 of 12, ending up with 4 K's. That shows his toughness right there. He didn't back down, stayed with it and did the job - you really can't ask more than that.
Maybe it was the fact that they elevated him to the starting slot and it shook him a little bit. Who knows. But, it showed a lot of maturity and grit to come back as he did. He could have easily folded up and nobody probably would have blamed him (the wind was bad, first time starting in the spring,etc.) He didn't do that. He's so mature for a 22 year old! Very impressive.
Starting rotation here he comes.