The game started well enough for the Yankees, with CC Sabathia dealing–as he is wont to do–and the offense appearing to be able to touch Reds starter Johnny Cueto. CC had a no-hitter through four and a third innings–he was magnificent, as he can be when all of his pitches are working–but the Reds seemed to catch on as the game progressed, laying off the slider away, and forcing CC to come back to them.
Johnny Cueto, who, up until his previous start, had been one of the hottest pitchers in the game, looked strong–with his fastball running up to 95 MPH–but ultimately hittable (the Yankees had hits in almost every inning he pitched). Robinson Cano seemed particularly comfortable against Cueto–Robbie went 2-for-3 on the night, with a walk and a run.
Both pitchers looked very good until the bottom half of the sixth inning, when Cueto made his only real mistake of the night. After a leadoff double to Cano, and a hard flyout by A-Rod, Cueto hung a slider to Raul Ibanez, who deposited it into the second deck in right field.…