“I’LL TAKE A CUETO SUPREME AND TWO MASHED POTATOES”

What an exciting ninth inning victory of the Reds on Friday night over the Rockies!

A few notes on Johnny Cueto, who was superb in his 8.0 innings (5h, 2r, 1bb, 8k, 1hr):

  • Friday’s game marked his eighth consecutive quality start to begin the season.
  • Retired the last 11 batters he faced.
  • Of the 10 runs he’s allowed this season, 8 have come via 7 home runs.
  • Is the first Reds pitcher to throw at least 7.0 innings in each of his first eight starts of the season since Bucky Walters in 1941 (20 starts).
  • Is the first Major League pitcher to throw at least 7.0 innings in each of his first eight starts to begin the season while allowing two runs or fewer in each of those starts since the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela in 1981.
  • Has struck out 68 batters this season, a franchise record for a pitcher in his first eight starts (previous record: 64, Mario Soto, 1980).
  • Is the first Reds pitcher to throw at least 8.0 innings in five straight appearances since Tom Browning (six starts) from 8/3-8/27, 1989…first righty to accomplish the feat since Mario Soto’s six-game stretch from 4/24-5/27, 1983.

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Below is video of Joey Votto’s fourth career walkoff-off homer…

And here’s the sixth-longest home run ever hit at Great American Ball Park, courtesy of Todd Frazier

For what it’s worth, Frazier has four career home runs at GABP of at least 474 feet or more (most by any player)

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