Johnny Cueto did something that has not been done since 1900. Cueto struck out 10 batters in his Major League debut, electrifying the crowd in Cincinnati by using a 92-96 MPH fastball along with a slider, cutter, and changeup. Cueto also became the first pitcher since 1997 to retire the first 15 batters he faced and only allowed one hit on the day in 7 innings. The one hit was a line drive home run by Justin Upton to the left field seats. The Reds used 4 pitchers to combine on a 1-hitter, and Francisco Cordero locked down the first save of his Reds career.
The Reds got a nice day from Jeff Keppinger, as Keppinger homered to give the Reds an early 3-0 lead. Adam Dunn was walked 3 times on the day and Brandon Phillips drove in Ken Griffey Jr. after a Griffey double.
I’ll tell you what, I knew that this Cueto was going to be a name to know. I just didn’t realize that he was going to come out and do this in his debut. He’s only 22 years old. There is real reason to be excited about baseball if you follow the Cincinnati Reds. They have some legitimate young players and some very nice veterans. I don’t think the central is that strong, I really don’t.