CINCINNATI — Pitcher Johnny Cueto came off the mound in the middle of the sixth inning yesterday at Great American Ball Park with the score tied at 3, knowing his day had ended. His Cincinnati Reds teammates hadn’t scored since the first, and he was quite vocal about what he wanted to see in the bottom of the inning.
“I want three runs here,” he said.
What the ace wants, the ace gets, it seems, because the Reds scored exactly that in the inning. Then relievers Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman made sure three was enough as the Reds beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 to take two of three in the series and finish the first-week homestand 4-2.