PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Johnny Cueto | Box
Key hits were scarce from two teams that have each traded away two of their three outfielders. The Reds had just enough. The Pirates – not so much.
Newly promoted Chris Dickerson had three hits, drove home the go ahead run and scored the final run for Cincinnati. Javier Valentin popped a solo homer off of Ian Snell for the Reds first run.
The Pirates lone run was a first inning single from Andy LaRoche. The Pirates ended up leaving the bases loaded that inning and LaRoche ended the 7th inning by grounding into a DP with bases juiced.
Snell took the loss. He only gave up two runs. But he certainly wasn’t terribly sharp. He walked six and gave up five hits in six innings. Johnny Cueto got the win. He allowed four hits and whiffed seven in five innings.
Rubber game for the two worst teams in the NL Central.
It has been over a month since Johnny Cueto has won. He is 7-11 on the year with a 5.01 ERA. He has struck out nearly a batter per inning on average, but has been victimized by 26 long balls.
He has faced the Pirates twice in 2008 and split a pair of decisions. In those two games, he has given up a combined total of seven earned runs in 11 innings. The most recent of the two starts was on May 27.
None of the Pirates have more than one hit off of Cueto. Ryan Doumit has homered off him.
Ian Snell’s ERA has been sitting over 6.00 for each of his last four starts. Last year in 208 IP, Snell gave up 87 earned runs. This year in 120-1/3 IP, he has given up 81 earnies. You can do the math with me: if Snell closes out the year with nine straight complete games (totaling 81 innings pitched), he would need to give up a total of five earned runs over that stretch to have a lower ERA in 2008 than what he had in 2007. That’s how bad he has been in 2008.
Snell, like Cueto, has pitched twice against his opponent in 2008 and split a pair of decisions. Snell’s last outing against the Reds was against Cueto on May 27.
Snell is 3-5 in his career versus Cincy. His ERA is 5.87 all-time. Javier Valentin is 9-18 against Snell with two homers. Brandon Phillips is 4-19 with five whiffs.