Johnny Cueto might be a prime trade target in a couple of weeks, but for now, he's dominating in his bid to make the NL All-Star team.
Johnny Cueto pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts, Joey Votto homered and drove in three runs and the Cincinnati Reds beat Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals 5-0 Tuesday night.
Reds RHP Johnny Cueto dazzled vs. the Nats, pitching a 2-hit, complete-game shutout while striking out 11 in the 5-0 win. Max Scherzer, on the other hand, gave up 5 through 4 2/3 innings in his loss. Reds 1B Joey Votto went 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs. Box score
Reds chase Max Scherzer in the fifth
For the first time this season, Scherzer didn't complete at least six innings, as he gave up 5 runs on 7 hits to the Reds. Cincinnati 1B Joey Votto is a triple away from the cycle in D.C. Follow live
Scherzer and Harper work well together
In 36 at-bats while Max Scherzer is pitching this season, Bryce Harper is hitting .528 and has 10 HRs. He has a single and walk tonight as the Nats trail the Reds 4-0 in the fifth. Follow live
Max Scherzer's given up cycle ... in order
The Nationals RHP has given up four hits to the Reds: A single to Brandon Phillips, a double to Joey Votto, a triple to Jay Bruce, then a HR to Votto the second time around -- good for the cycle. Scherzer's been better as he trails 3-0. Follow live
Joey Votto locked in vs. Max Scherzer
The Reds 1B ripped an RBI double in the first inning and then hit his 15th HR of the season in the third to put his team up 3-0 over Max Scherzer and the Nationals. Follow live
Not a typical first inning for Scherzer
The Nationals' Max Scherzer gave up a single, double and triple to the Reds in the first inning to go down 2-0 early. It took 25 pitches for the RHP to get out of the inning. Follow live
Denard Span has MRI on back
The Nationals CF continues to have nagging back spasms, and he had an MRI this morning. Said Span: "A little anxiety waiting to see what's going to happen, but just gotta wait. I want to know what the root of the problem is so we can take the correct course of action."
Nationals starting pitching a mixed bag
At the halfway point, the Nationals feature one of the league's most overachieving pitchers (Max Scherzer) and the biggest disappointment (Stephen Strasburg). Will Scherzer maintain his torrid pace? Can Strasburg get healthy? Grantland: Second-half projections
Span, Escobar out for tonight's game
Nationals CF Denard Span (back) and 3B Yunel Escobar (hamstring) are both out of the lineup tonight vs. the Reds after leaving Monday night's game early.
It feels like just yesterday that we were embarrassing ourselves by predicting that the Red Sox and Marlins would play for the World Series while the Royals and Angels would flop. Instead of facing further public mortification by updating those predictions, we're focusing on a risk-free metric: intrigue. Specifically, the second-half story lines that intrigue our baseball enthusiasts the most. Enjoy.
Alfonso Soriano on list of HR Derby non-invitees
Soriano was named to seven straight All-Star teams during his career, but his 412 home runs didn't earn him a spot in the Derby. The all-uninvited HR Derby team
No HR Derby for former slugger Adam Dunn
After a memorable career capped off by 462 homers, Dunn tops the list of MLB's biggest sluggers since 1985 who never went to the Home Run Derby. The all-uninvited HR Derby team
Scherzer striking out many, walking few
If Max Scherzer walks 0 in tonight's start, he will join a group of pitchers posting historic marks over a 5-start stretch.
Span, Escobar exit in Nats' 3-2 loss
CF Denard Span left in the second inning with a back spasm and 3B Yunel Escobar exited in the fifth inning with left hamstring tightness. Both will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Eugenio Suarez hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat Washington 3-2 Monday night to end the Nationals' nine-game home winning streak.
Reds snap 3-game slide in opener
Eugenio Suarez's go-ahead solo shot in the eighth stood as the difference in the Reds' 3-2 win over the Nationals in D.C. Suarez finished 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Box score
Reds go ahead, then Nats tie it up
After Reds SS Eugenio Suarez hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 6th, Nationals 3B Danny Espinosa evened it up again at 2-2 with a solo shot to right in the bottom half of the inning. Follow live
Nats tie Reds on wild pitch
Anthony DeSclafani threw a wild pitch in the third inning to allow Matt den Dekker to slide home safe from third base. den Dekker is in the game to replace Denard Span, who left in the second with an unknown injury. Follow live
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Earned Run Average3.579th
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