Sunday, June 24, 2012

Johnny Cueto Wins 4th Straight as Reds Retain First Place; Dayan Viciedo Powers White Sox Win

Players of the Day for Saturday, June 23, 2012

American League

Dayan Viciedo
Keeping the AL Central race tight, the Chicago White Sox crept to within 1/2 game of division-leading Cleveland with an 8-6 home win over Milwaukee on Saturday.

Leading the charge was Dayan Viciedo, who went 3-for-4 with his 14th home run, a two-run belt off Brewer starter, Randy Wolf. Viciedo also singled twice, each tie driving home a teammate for a score and scored the tying run in the bottom of the sixth, knotting the game at 6-6. The White Sox added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings for the victory.

Milwaukee and Chicago have split the first two games of the series and play the rubber game Sunday afternoon.

National League

Cueto: 7 scoreless
How good was Johnny Cueto in the Reds' 6-0 win over the Twins?

Well, he did go 0-2 at the plate, but managed to drive in a pair of runs, first on a squeeze bunt that got Scott Rolen across the plate in the bottom of the fourth, to put Cincinnati up 4-0, and then delivered a ground ball with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth to again get Rolen home.

Oh, and besides helping his own cause at the plate, Cueto won his fourth straight start, limiting Minnesota batters to three hits over seven full innings, striking out nine and walking one.

He fanned the last three batters he faced before being lifted to open the eighth after throwing 118 pitches.

Improving to 9-3, Cueto ended the Reds' four-game losing streak and kept them a game up on Pittsburgh, who knocked off Detroit, 4-1.

Cueto is almost a certain lock to make the all star roster for the NL. His 2.21 ERA is the fifth best in the league, his 101.2 innings pitched is tied for second and the nine wins are tied for fourth.

The Twins and Reds split the first two games of the series at Great American Ball Park and finish up interleague play Sunday afternoon.

INTERLEAGUE SCOREBOARD: The National League made up a little ground on the AL, winning seven of 13 games on Friday and going 10-4 on Saturday, though they still trail, 129-106 with one day of interleague games remaining.

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