The Reds welcomed starter Johnny Cueto back to the rotation on Sunday at Wrigley Field and the right-hander was nothing short of sensational in his first time out this season.
Cueto struggled through four rehab starts (0-2, 6.28 ERA) in attempt to recover from right biceps and triceps irritation, but showed no signs of problems against the Cubs. He went six plus innings, allowing five hits while holding Chicago scoreless.
It comes on the heels of Homer Bailey’s stellar debut in Thursday’s win over the Astros in which he only allowed one run in over six innings of work while striking out seven.
"That's the boost we were looking for," Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters. "That was an outstanding performance by Johnny and Homer. That's 40 percent of your starting staff, so that's big."
Given the rotation’s struggle, particularly in the early inning of games, it is huge for the Reds to keep opponents off the scoreboard. Now if they can only get the offense going.
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