(Updated March 31, 2014)
Adam Wainwright has made 16 career starts against the Reds. Johnny Cueto has started 16 games versus the Cardinals. Only twice, though, have Wainwright and Cueto been matched as starting pitchers in the same game.
Cueto pitched well. Wainwright was better.
Wainwright struck out nine in seven scoreless innings and earned the win in a 1-0 Cardinals victory. Cueto struck out eight in seven innings, but yielded a home run to Yadier Molina. Boxscore
Wainwright is 6-9 against the Reds. Cueto is 4-5 against the Cardinals. In nine decisions at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark, Wainwright is 5-4.
When they faced one another as starters on April 7, 2010, each pitched well that time, too. Wainwright got the win and Cueto a no-decision in a 6-3 Cardinals victory at Cincinnati in the second game of the season.
Wainwright pitched seven innings and gave up three hits, walking two and striking out six. Orlando Cabrera followed a walk to Drew Stubbs with a two-run home run off a 2-and-2 Wainwright fastball in the sixth. “The walk is really what killed me in that inning,” Wainwright told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis-Post Dispatch.
Cueto pitched six innings and gave up five hits, walking three and striking out three. He yielded a RBI-single to David Freese in the second and a RBI-single to Ryan Ludwick in the third.
The score was tied at 2-2 when Cueto was lifted after throwing 109 pitches. The Cardinals scored four in the seventh against Reds relievers Danny Herrera, Logan Ondrusek and Arthur Rhodes. The biggest hit was a two-run double by Matt Holliday off Ondrusek.
“Adam pitched so well … that as an offense you like to respond,” Holliday said. “If you’ve got a pitcher like that, you’ve got to give him a lead.”
Said Wainwright: “That’s my goal _ to outlast the other starter.” Boxscore
Jon Jay is the 2014 Cardinal with the best career batting average versus Cueto. Jay has hit .476 (10-for-21 with three home runs) against the Reds right-hander. Jay has more career home runs against Cueto than he does versus any other pitcher.
Wainwright has been a mystery to one of the Reds’ top hitters, Joey Votto. The left-handed batter, who has a career batting average of well above .300 versus right-handers, is hitting .133 (4-for-30) against Wainwright.