Game 33: Cueto Fires One Hitter

The headline says it all.

Charlie Morton got off to a rough start: infield groundball single to Chris Heisey (for his first ML hit – and first of three on the night), hit-and-run single to Brandon Phillips, wild pitch, sac fly to Joey Votto and RBI double to Scott Rolen. But he settled in nicely and allowed just one more run through six innings. I thought he was going to explode.

The Pirates bullpen – notably the recenlty demoted Jeff Karstens – allowed a bunch more runs. Included in those tallies was the first homer hit by Heisey – a two run shot.

The big story was Johnny Cueto. He allowed just one hit and one hit batsman (both in the person of Ronny Cedeno). Cedeno was caught stealing once, meaning Cueto faced just one over the minimum. He whiffed eight in tossing the complete game shutout.

Morton went six and allowed three runs. He whiffed four and walked two.

The Good
No one (Andy LaRoche) committed an error

Morton wasn’t awful

The Bad
Offense, offense offense – if I say it three straight times, will it appear like Beetle Juice?

The Rest
The Pirates were one hit twice last year. On 8/4/09 Yusmeiro Petit and a reliver did the did. On 4/9 Chris Carpenter (and two relievers) spun a gem.

Last pitcher to toss a complete game one hitter against the Pirates was C.C. Sabathia on 8/31/08.

Jay Bruce had three hits – his first multi-hit game of the month.

Heisey hit 22 homers in the minors last year.

Aki Iwamura is hitting just .122 in his last 20 games.

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