pitched a gem on Thursday, helping the Reds win three of four games
against the Pittsburgh Pirates this week. In his fifth straight win, Cueto
pitched six innings of three-hit baseball, while striking out a season high
nine batters. As he did the last time
he faced Charlie Morton and the Bucs, Cueto shut them out. After Scott Rolen
and Jay Bruce hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, the Reds never
looked back, defeating the Pirates 8-2.
On Friday, against the Houston Astros, Sam LeCure will make his major league
debut. LeCure will be filling in for Homer Bailey who is currently on the
15-day disabled list. This year at AAA Louisville, LeCure has gone 5-2 while
posting a 2.55 ERA. LeCure has more wins, and a lower earned run average,
than any other Bats' starting pitcher this season.
During LeCure's last start for Louisville on May 22, he took a no-hitter
into the eighth inning. Allowing only one hit and striking out five, LeCure
pitched a complete-game shutout
that night with 99 pitches. The last Louisville Bat to throw a
complete-game one-hitter was Lee Tunnell who did it on June 21, 1988. After
two marvelous shut-out starts during May 17-23,
LeCure was named the International League's Pitcher of the Week. Bring
Aroldis Chapman (5-2, 3.55) pitched on Thursday after missing his last start
due to a blister on his finger. Chapman pitched five scoreless innings and
allowed only three hits while striking out seven.
Sam LeCure (0-0, 0.00) will face Wandy Rodriguez (2-6, 4.33) and the Astros
at 7:10pm on Friday. The Reds are currently in first place, one game ahead
the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The Cardinals will play three
against the Chicago Cubs this weekend.