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Reds 5, Dodgers 0: Tip Your Cap To Johnny Cueto

I don’t know. Not a whole lot to say about this one. Yes, Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp each had some issues with the home plate umpire — Kemp’s argument on this called strike three, which wasn’t a good call but which was probably too close to take, got him tossed in the second inning — didn’t help, but it also didn’t really have much of an impact. What can you say, other than that Johnny Cueto is a good pitcher having a great season, and that he was absolutely dominant tonight? I mean, 12 strikeouts without a walk in six innings, well, you can point some fingers at an offense that didn’t have Kemp or Hanley Ramirez, but you also just have to throw up your hands and say: damn, man. That was one hell of a well-pitched game.

Not that Hyun-jin Ryu was awful or anything, but he was going to have to be basically perfect to keep up with Cueto, and he certainly wasn’t that. Ryu especially dug himself a hole in the third inning, when after getting the first two outs, he walked both Billy Hamilton and Todd Frazier, so when Joey Votto doubled and Brandon Phillips singled, suddenly three runs were on the board. Ryu allowed another in the sixth on a Jay Bruce homer, and Paul Maholm another in a rough seventh — he faced seven hitters, of which two were walks, two were hits, and two were strikeouts (!) — but it didn’t matter. This was Cueto’s night. After taking the first two games of the series, it’s hard to be that crushed over it.

But hey, at least Dee Gordon did this (thanks, Chad):


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Remember, tomorrow’s an early game: Zack Greinke and Alfredo Simon face off at 9:30 a.m. Pacific.


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310 comments
Superba
Superba

They might have identified him through his ticket purchase.

moneynow27
moneynow27

Baseball Thursday!  Office in my home, game on TV 30 ft. away, it doesn't get any better than this.  Actually it does if we take the series and the Giants keep losing.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Hahahaha Skip is leading off

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Good evening.


Tonight was a long night of work.


I'm drinking a beer then going to bed.


My wife and kids are out of town. 


Night all.

Superba
Superba

Stay classy, San Diego.

Tony Stark is my Co-Pilot
Tony Stark is my Co-Pilot

@Chavez Ravine Fiend This really doesn't bother me so much. Name another city that has an anti-chant.

You never hear "Beat New York" or "Beat Chicago." You only have "Beat LA." 

Everyone hates Goliath and LA is the Goliath in the room.

Lobo
Lobo

@BIah Dude, I know the feeling.  Our campus is hosting Girl's State right now so we're flooded with high school girls.  Went to the dining hall yesterday for lunch and there were just hundreds of them.  It was bizarre to think that it's been three years since I was around that many high school kids and that I was four years older than all those girls

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

"The Giants better be careful... if they don't win tomorrow, they're going to be SWEPT!"


OHHHHHHHHHHHHH SHITTTTTT

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

GREG PAPA BEAR LAYING THE #HURTFULTRUTH DOWN RIGHT NOW

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

We'll know this weekend if this is the swoon or not. Its sure looks like it

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

giants hitting all the line drives straight into gloves

Superba
Superba

While I am not clamoring for the Dodgers to dump him, I tend to agree with VND about Hanley.  He's a great hitter (despite this slump) but Hanley's D works against the team's greatest strength, which is front-end pitching.  He gives teams extra at bats, which puts added pressure on the starters and the pen.   Unlike VND, though, I felt the same way about Kemp in CF, and I still feel that way (although less so) about Ethier/SVS.  And I feel that way about whoever happens to be catching this week.  Great pitching combined with poor defense up the middle is a flawed approach, IMO.  It probably cant be done right now, but in the long run I'd like to the Dodgers move to back up their aces with solid D. 

Superba
Superba

@Purple Drank  @Superba   This approach seems reasonable.  It does concern me though that the 3rd base is shaping up to be dumping ground for questionable defenders for the next half decade or so.  And how is Hanley's patented double clutch-regrip-throw going to work on the longer throw from corner to corner?  

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Superba I think take the same approach that the Yankees did with Cano. Offer a good, not batshit crazy, 4 or 5-year offer with opt out. If other teams beat that, oh well. If he accepts, great and move to third.


I love Seager, but I also loved LaRoche. Not saying fates will be the same, because it probably won't. But LA has money to enjoy the short-term benefits of Hanley's bat at 3rd base and wait until Seager makes the depth an actual problem

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

ENJOY THIS TASTE OF YOUR OWN MEDICINE, DIRTBAGS

insideThePark
insideThePark

the TMobile AtBat14 App... NOT free if you are a second class citizen with Windows Mobile.

paid the $6.99 for the rest of the year.

...

at least the Giants are losing...

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

Berryhill was surprisingly calm, all things considered.