Reds' Cueto one-hits Pirates, 9-0 baseball
PITTSBURGH — A few more inches, and maybe the ball stays in Paul Janish's glove. A few more inches, and Johnny Cueto pitches one of the best games in Cincinnati Reds history.
Even if the Pittsburgh Pirates can't imagine him pitching much better.
Cueto (2-1) pitched a one-hitter for his first major league complete game, allowing only a third-inning single that went off shortstop Janish's glove, and the Reds beat the Pirates, 9-0, last night for their fourth consecutive win.
"He completely dominated the game," Reds first baseman Joey Votto said. "It was his game, hands down."
The Pirates' only hit was by Ronny Cedeno — and it nearly wasn't one. Janish deflected Cedeno's one-out grounder into left field, barely missing making the play. Cedeno was the Pirates' only baserunner, also reaching when he was hit in the left wrist by a Cueto fastball in the sixth.
"I'm so glad they didn't throw a no-hitter, you know what I mean?" Cedeno said. "I don't want to be selfish, but at least we put one hit up there."
Cedeno broke up a no-hitter on Aug. 4 against Arizona, getting a single in the eighth inning for the Pirates' only hit against Yusmeiro Petit and reliever Leo Rosales, who pitched the ninth.
Glavine's No. 47 will be retired: Tom Glavine thought of his rocky first full season with the Atlanta Braves when the team announced it will retire his number.
Glavine's highlights with the Braves included two NL Cy Young awards and the decisive win over the Cleveland Indians in the 1995 World Series.
Before he enjoyed five seasons with 20 or more wins with Atlanta, Glavine went 7-17 in 1988. He says at that point there was no way he could know his No. 47 would one day be retired by the team.
"It's not something you ever envisioned and not something I ever envisioned, certainly with the way my career started in Atlanta," said Glavine.
The Braves will induct Glavine into the team's Hall of Fame and retire his number on Aug. 6 before a home game against the San Francisco Giants.
Glavine ranks 21st all-time with 305 wins, including 244 with the Braves. He spent five years with the New York Mets from 2003-07 but played most of his career with manager Bobby Cox and pitching coach Leo Mazzone in Atlanta.