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Cincinnati Cuts Scherzer’s Night Short

Max Scherzer got tagged for five runs on seven hits before departing in the fifth inning.  (Gabe Rodriguez)

Max Scherzer got tagged for five runs on seven hits before departing in the fifth inning.
(Gabe Rodriguez)

The Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Cueto (ERA 2.61) is one of five finalists trying to be a final addition to the National League’s All-Star roster and on Tuesday night as he took on Ace Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals, he put up quite a good case as to why he should get the nod as he pitched a  complete game shutout in the 5-0 win at Nationals Park.

Cincinnati struck early as leadoff hitter Brandon Phillips turned a single into a double after a catching error by the Nats’ Dan Uggla. Phillips then scored with a double by Joey Votta on a sharp line drive to right field, his fourteenth of the season for a one run lead.  The Reds were then able to to get another run off of Scherzer with a triple by Jay Bruce on a fly ball to right field, tagging a two run lead in the first.

In the the top of the third, Joey Votto got another hit off of Scherzer, this time with a solo homerun, his fifteenth of the season, to extend the Reds’ lead to three runs.

Scherzer’s night though would end in the fifth inning after allowing two more runs by the Reds which included a double by Billy Hamilton a single by Joey Votto and a sac fly by Todd Frazier to get the fifth run home. Right before being relieved by Taylor Jordan he gave up a single to Jay Bruce. Jordan was then able to get the last out of the inning.

Scherzer (ERA 2.12) went just four and two thirds innings, his shortest of the season, allowing five runs on seven hits, while striking out just four batters on 81 pitches.

Jordan (ERA 6.43) pitched the next three scoreless innings allowing just two hits, walking one and striking out three.

Cueto on the other hand allowed just two hits in his nine inning complete game shutout walking just one and struck out an impressive eleven batters. He faced just four more batters than the minimum with a groundout/ flyout ratio of 12:3 on 122 pitches.

Votto was a triple short of the cycle as he went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and racking up 3 RBIs.  Jay Bruce was 2 for 4 with a RBI and Brandon Phillips was 1 for 4 with two runs scored.

The Nats’ only two hits came from Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond.

Cueto advances to (6-5) and Scherzer falls to (9-7).



Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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