Cueto, Greinke duel lived up to the hype

Johnny CuetoI’m still in baseball heaven after getting to listen to 8 shutout innings yesterday between the Brewers and Reds.

The Greinke/Cueto match-up lived up to my exceedingly high expectations.

Cueto went 7 shutout innings and Greinke went 8, allowing only 2 hits and fanning 11.  Greinke struck out the side in the top of the 8th before being lifted for a pinch-hitter when he was due to lead off the bottom of the inning.

The scoreless tie broke in the top of the 9th with Cincinnati scoring a pair of runs off of John Axford after Ax had already retired Heisey and Cozart on strikeouts.  Stubbs, Votto, and Phillips followed up with a trio of hits, leading to a pair of runs for the Reds.

The Brewers made it interesting in the bottom of the inning, with Braun homering off of Sean Marshall and then loading the bases (again, after two out and nobody on) only to run out of gas when Travis Ishikawa pinch-hit and flew out to left.

Most folks probably prefer the 8-7 ballgames, but I’ll take a scoreless tie through 8 innings any day of the week.

And yet I’ve never been able to get into soccer…

Nationals (18-12) @ PIRATES (14-16)
6:05 PM CT

WAS Strasburg 2-0 1.66 1.2 2.75
PIT Correia 1-2 3.38 0.1 4.40

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