Johnny Cueto pitches to the Cubs leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first.On Sunday, in the Reds’ last game of a series against the Cubs, many less-than-ideal things happened: Logan Ondrusek blew the save, Joey Votto didn’t have any RBI, and the Reds lost in extras. But the one thing that made the news was a sixth-inning pitch Johnny Cueto let fly that didn’t pass by in front of Cubs’ centerfielder David DeJesus so much as three feet over him.
I had the good fortune to actually be at that game, and I didn’t think much of the pitch. The Cubs had already hit Todd Frazier in the fourth, so I wasn’t surprised when the umpire warned both benches. I was surprised when Shin-Soo Choo got hit in the bottom of the ninth and the Cubs’ reliever wasn’t ejected; I though there was a rule now that said any HBP after a warning was automatic ejection.
But neither of those plunks made the news because Cubs’ starter Matt Garza was spouting off to the media about Cueto’s not-so-near miss:
I took total...