PHOENIX Cincinnati showed the baseball world what it thinks of Wade Miley on Tuesday night. With Gerardo Parra on third base and one out in the first inning, Reds manager Dusty Baker played his infield in, the better to choke off a run at the plate.
With 26 outs remaining.
With Johnny Cueto, his best pitcher and a top NL Cy Young candidate, on the mound. Cueto, who had not lost to the D-backs in five career starts.
No number or quoted word may give a get a better indication of Miley's worth.
As Miguel Montero said, "They knew it was Miley pitching. They knew it was two pretty good pitchers on the mound, so they knew it was going to be a low-scoring game."
Cueto (17-5) and the Reds still sent the D-backs to their fifth straight loss, 5-2, dropping them 8 games behind San Francisco in the NL West and preventing them from gaining on St. Louis in the second wild card race. The D-backs are still 7 games behind the Cardinals, scuffling but still ahead of where t...