Tonight was a really important win for us, I’d say. It’s our first win in the 2012 sans-Joey era. And so we know we can win without him. It’s not quite as pleasant, and it’s certainly not pretty. Ryan “not the scapegoat” Ludwick gets a lot of a credit for a clutch three-run homer, but most of the hitters weren’t totally hopeless.
Johnny Cueto, was obviously a big part of our win, too. His pitching performance probably wasn’t as impressive as no runs allowed generally indicates – he didn’t last too long into the game, getting into some trouble, especially with walks. Nonetheless, the D-backs got only 4 hits, and only one of them for extra bases – a double. Once again, really needing the win tonight, Cueto stepped up.
It’s become a bit of a familiar role for him. By my count, Cueto has taken the mound 8 times this season, when the Reds had lost the game before – we’ve won seven of those games. It’s such a great feeling to have a guy you can count on to stop a losing streak, sometimes before it starts.