Sunday was the kind of pitching matchup normally reserved for opening games of playoff series. The marquee reads Johnny Cueto vs. Stephen Strasburg and people take notice, tickets are bought and butts are filling the seats.
The actual pitching didnt live up to the hype. The Reds and Nationals offenses, proving the old adages about how everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time and they all get paid to be true, got to the aces early. Neither Cueto nor Strasburg had their best stuff but Cueto battled through a little better than Strasburg and the Reds took the rubber match of the weekend series, 6-3, at Great American Ball Park.
Thats what a No. 1 pitcher does.
Before Sundays game, Reds manager Dusty Baker was talking about how a couple of years ago Cueto wouldnt have survived a game like the one this turned out to be. Hed let something small bother him and the whole outing would be shot.
Sunday, Cueto put behind him a rough second inning and gave his team a chance to win, ...