Game thread: Sunday May 20th, Reds vs Yankees

Today’s rubber game features a marquee pitching match up. The Reds will send their ace Johnny Cueto to the mound. Cueto has gotten off to an excellent start this season and figures to give the dormant Yankee offense fits. Fortunately the Bombers counter with CC Sabathia. The Yankees may not need all that much offense. The batter to watch remains Joey Votto. He’s not as effective against lefties, but then again he’s also one of the three best hitters in the game. It’ll be entertaining to see how Sabathia handles him. Enjoy.… Click here to read the rest

Cueto brilliant in 10-2 Reds victory; Gordon unable to Aaron Small himself out of disappointing start

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In a game the Reds sorely needed to win to avoid being swept at home, Johnny Cueto came up huge, hurling seven innings of two-hit, one-run ball — the lone blemish on his ledger a Nick Swisher solo home run in the second — and enabling the Reds to beat the Yankees 10-2. The loss snapped the Bombers’ four-game win streak — which tied the team’s high water mark for consecutive victories — prevented the Yankees from sweeping their third three-game set of the season and represented the team’s largest margin of defeat in 2011.

Brian Gordon, who pitched well enough in his debut last week against the Rangers, wasn’t as sharp this time out, throwing five innings of four-run ball. All four runs came via the long ball, as Gordon surrendered two home runs to Chris Heisey of all people, and a solo shot to Johnny Gomes. The three home runs allowed tied a season-high for a Yankee starter.… Click here to read the rest