Johnny Cueto Pitches Well But Reds Fall to Pirates in Late Innings

Nathan DunnoCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2009

DUNEDIN, FL - MARCH 2:   Pitcher Johnny Cueto #77 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during a Spring Training game at Knology Park on March 2, 2008 in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto pitched very well but the bullpen couldn’t secure the win as they gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to lose consecutive games.

Cueto looked in mid-season form as he pitched five innings of three-hit, one-run baseball with two strikeouts and four walks. Cueto got the no decision and improved on his 1.57 ERA.

David Weathers pitched a scoreless sixth and Mike Lincoln followed with another scoreless seventh inning.

Reds Closer Francisco Cordero followed with a scoreless inning of work in the eighth.

Josh Roenike took the loss as he gave two earned runs.

Daniel Ray Hererra worked only against one batter to try to clean up Roenicke's mess but was unsuccessful.

At the plate Adam Rosales hit two doubles in consecutive at-bats to have a nice two-hit and two RBI day.

Lance Nix also had a two-hit day, including a double to add to the Reds 10-hit attack.

The Reds Spring Tanning Record now stands at 13-17

Next game for the Reds is tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. vs. the New York Yankees in Sarasota, FL.

Micha Owings will make his last attempt to win the fifth spot as he does battle with Yankees Joba Chamberlain.