Just two days removed from being snubbed from the NL All-Star team, Johnny Cueto looked to prove his mettle on Tuesday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The right-hander did succeed in pitching a whale of a game, but unfortunately, his supporting offense failed to provide much help to his cause en route to a 3-1 defeat to the hands of the host Dodgers (45-37). Thus pinning the owner of one of the league's lowest ERA's with the loss and dropping the Reds (44-36) into a two-way tie for first.
Here's what you need to know in case you didn't stay up late on Tuesday night:
- Cueto notched his 13th quality start in 17 tries this season. The hard-luck loser (9-5) pitched seven frames, allowed seven hits and three runs. He did not walk a batter, but struck out seven.
- Joey Votto picked up a pair of singles in his first game back from missing a couple due to a sore knee. Just his presence alone is a huge lift to the lineup.
- Like Votto, Ryan Ludwick was 2-4 with a ...