Neil Walker eyed Johnny Cueto's fastball and turned on it. Before the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman could get the bat out of his hands, the ball was nestled into the glove of Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto.
In one motion, Walker flipped his bat in faux disgust, then turned back toward the dugout.
''You hit a ball hard and sometimes you see that it's the guy's night, and it seemed like it was one of those,'' Walker said.
It always seems that way when Cueto faces the Pirates.
The Cincinnati ace allowed one hit over eight dominant innings as the Reds pounded Pittsburgh in a 6-0 win on Friday night. Cueto (3-0) struck out six, walked one and allowed just three balls out of the infield.
Pittsburgh's Brandon Inge provided the lone Pirates' hit with a single to left with one out in the fifth.
''He looked really good tonight, though, like the Johnny Cueto of old,'' Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. ''He had great stuff, great stamina and he really pitched a heck of a ballg...