Johnny Cueto vs. Pirates
Reds' ace Johnny Cueto went the distance against the Pirates yesterday, allowing three hits while striking out twelve. He allowed only one extra base hit. Of his 107 pitches, 71 went for strikes. Cueto has not thrown a complete game since June 12, 2012 against the Cleveland Indians. The 28 year old Cueto loves facing the Pirates, as he is 14-4 with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.972 WHIP with three complete games and two shutouts against them, the most against any team. Two of Cueto's three career shutouts have come at Great American Ballpark. The Reds beat the Pirates, 4-0.
Julio Teheran at Phillies
Prior to a Ryan Howard single in the bottom of the fifth inning, Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was perfect. And with only one run of support, Teheran had to be, or at least close to. He fired a 115-pitch three hitter, while striking out four Phillies, and walking none. He allowed two hits following Howard's, to Carlos Ruiz and Jimmy Rollins. And with a groundout from Chase Utley, Teheran was able to close it out. Teheran's complete game shutout was the first of his career in both categories. Teheran is 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA and a 0.867 WHIP against the Phillies all time. The Braves bested the Phillies, 1-0.
Cliff Lee vs. Braves
Since his eight run outing versus Texas, Cliff Lee has only allowed four runs in three starts. Yesterday's was arguably his best. Although Lee allowed eleven hits, none went for extra bases. He went the distance after throwing 128 pitches, the most since April 25, 2013, when he threw 122. Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies manager, kept Lee in the game perhaps past the end of his line. Lee was able to come through, although he did have to take the loss, due to an Evan Gattis home run in the fourth. Lee has three complete games against the Braves, tied with the Angels for most complete games against one team. He has a 2.65 ERA and a 1.003 in 16 starts versus Atlanta. The Phillies fell to the Braves, 1-0.