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He certainly didn’t expect the long-suffering fans in Pittsburgh to hit the erase button either.
So when the slow, disjointed chants of “Cue-to, Cue-to” rang out when the Cincinnati Reds ace took the mound on Tuesday night, the right-hander just smiled and went to work.
“I had to laugh when I heard that,” Cueto said. “They didn’t forget. The fans have a job to do, too. It’s their job to try to help their team out but it didn’t bother me.”
Not in the slightest.
He struck out four and walked three while running his career-long scoreless streak to 21 innings before giving up a home run to Andrew McCutchen with one out in the ninth.
“Johnny was great, he pitched a great game,” Reds catcher Brayan Pena said. “He pitched them differently this time and he had them off balance. Back-to-back complete games is pretty good. That doesn’t happen too often.”
Volquez allowed two runs and five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
“I didn’t feel comfortable having to pitch again him,” Cueto said of Volquez. “But he had a job to do and I had a job to do and thank God I was able to win. He pitched great and I needed to pitch a great game to beat him.”
At one point Cueto dropped the ball while standing on the mound then immediately gave up a home run to Russell Martin as the standing room-only crowd lustily roared the pitcher’s last name. He lasted just 4 1-3 innings that night as the Pirates won their first postseason game in 21 years.
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