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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Reds Sweep Giants Over Former Ace Johnny Cueto Reds Scott Feldman Throwe Shut Out

Johnny Cueto was asked last night if he was going to shutout his former team.

‘They hot,” Cueto replied. The Reds scored 27 runs in the first two games of the series. 

Cueto kept the Reds in check but they scored two unearned runs in the first inning and added home runs by Scott Schebler and Zack Cozart to ride Scott Feldman’s finest start of the season to a 4-0 win.  The Reds swept the Giants at GABP since July or 2013.

Shortstop Christian Arroyo didn’t do Cueto any favors. He bobbled Billy Hamilton’s hard ground ball to open the game.  Singles by Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett, netted two runs.  Schebler hit his ninth home run off Cueto in the third.  Cozart hit his second of the season after Hamilton walked, took second on a balk and was thrown out stealing third.  Hamilton beat the throw but over slid the bag, costing the Reds a fifth run.

Feldman hit a batter and walked one but didn’t allow a hit until Hunter Pence singled to start the fourth inning.  He took a shutout into the eighth inning.  Gorkys Hernandez opened inning with a double.  Michael Morse batted for Cueto.  When Feldman struck him out he became the first Reds’ starter to pitch more than seven innings.

Cueto was ace-like, completing seven innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk.  He struck  out 10 Reds.

Feldman kept the Giants from scoring in the eighth in spite of the leadoff double by getting Joe Panik and Brandon Belt out on ground balls to Votto with Feldman covering.  Feldman was brought out to go for a complete game.

He had to navigate through Pence, Buster Posey and Conor Gillespie to complete his third career shutout.

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