Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"I love this guy"

That was Mike Krukow on the postgame tonight talking about Johnny Cueto winning his 100th game via a 1-0 shutout.

It was the first 1-0 vic in more than a year since April 9, 2015 -- also against the Padres in a 12-inning marathon.

"He was carving up the strike zone" is what Krukow said.

He's also the 13th Dominican pitcher to win 100 games. Juan Marichal leads the list at 243.

Here's the mlb.com coverage --


SAN FRANCISCO -- Denard Span broke an offensive logjam Tuesday night with a fifth-inning RBI double as the San Francisco Giants handed a superb Johnny Cueto his 100th career victory with a 1-0 decision over the San Diego Padres.
Reaching triple digits would have made this a memorable game for Cueto (4-1) under any circumstance. But he put a little something extra in it by striking out 11 in his 13th career complete game and seventh shutout. Cueto yielded seven hits and stranded four runners in scoring position.
But he needed at least one run, and Span provided it by drilling a 3-1 pitch off the right-field wall to score Brandon Crawford from second base. Span, an offseason free-agent acquisition along with Cueto, is batting .563 (9-for-16) with runners in scoring position. This was the lone lapse by Padres starter James Shields, who allowed three hits in seven innings.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Big pitches to a big hitter: Cueto directly challenged the Padres, as demonstrated by his approach to Matt Kemp. Cueto struck out Kemp with a runner on third base and one out in the first inning, then fanned the ex-Dodger again in the fourth with a runner on first base.
Can't find their way home: On three occasions, the Padres put a runner on third base with one out, but they came away empty-handed all three times -- including a frustrating sequence in the fourth. With men on the corners and one out, Melvin Upton Jr. was thrown out stealing. Derek Norris followed by hitting a deep fly ball that would have plated a run, but instead qualified as the third out.


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