Johnny Cueto's first pitching outing in over two and a half months was everything he and the Reds could have hoped it would be.
Activated from the disabled list prior to the game, Cueto proceeded to toss five innings of five-hit, no-run baseball en route to improving his record to 5-2 on the season. More importantly, however, is the fact that Cueto looked like vintage Cueto.
“It was fun to have him back out there,” battery mate Ryan Hanigan said. “What are you going to say? Johnny executed all game — a couple of the hits were infield hits. But he looked good to me. It was impressive to see that quality of stuff the first time out. That went about as good as it could have gone. Five scoreless, boom, right out of the gate, hopefully get his pitch count up next time and hopefully take that guy into the postseason.”
Teammate Zack Cozart could tell a difference in Cueto, too.
“Awesome — everyone knows it in the locker room, we knew when he came back too soon twice, we ...