Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Alex Rodriguez Ties Lou Gehrig with 23rd Grand Slam; Johnny Cueto's Complete Game Puts Reds Back on Top

Players of the Day for Tuesday, June 12, 2012

American League

Even though the warning has been issued countless times to managers around the both leagues, some continue to test the theory that it is not a good idea to load the bases by walking Mark Teixeira, putting Alex Rodriguez at the plate.

Alex Rodriguez ties
Lou Gehrig with
23rd Grand Slam
Leading 4-0 into the eighth inning, the Braves seemed to be well on their way to evening their series with the Yankees, when things began to unravel.

With one out in the eighth, Derek Jeter singled, prompting Braves' manager, Fredi Gonzalez, to pull starter Mike Minor in favor of reliable reliever Jonny Venters, but Venters allowed a single to Curtis Granderson and then, not intentionally, but pitching judiciously, walked Teixeira.

Rodriguez and Venters dueled to a 3-2 count before Rodriguez tied the game with his historic grand slam, tying another Yankee great, Lou Gehrig, with a major league record 23. It was A-Rod's tenth homer of the season

Two batters later, Nick Swisher untied the game with a two-run blast, also his tenth, as the Yankees came back to win, 6-4, their fifth straight win moving them to the top of the AL East standings, one game better than the Orioles and Rays.

National League
Cueto: (7-3), 6H CG

Johnny Cueto gave up a run in the opening inning, but that was all, throwing a six-hit complete game for his seventh win of the season against three losses as the Reds took a 7-1 decision over the visiting Cleveland Indians.

After Jason Kipnis singled home Shin-Soo Choo, who had doubled to lead off the game, Cueto scattered another four hits over the remaining innings for the win. Displaying pinpoint control, Cueto struck out seven and issued no walks, throwing 81 of 122 pitches for strikes.

It was Cueto's second complete game of the season and sixth in his five-year major league career.

With the win and Pittsburgh's 8-6 loss at Baltimore, the Reds regained sole possession of first place in the NL Central.

A win in the opener of their series with in-state rival Cleveland in hand, the Reds and Indians play the remainder of their three-game series Wednesday and Thursday at Great American Ball Park.

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