ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina knows a few things about hitting in clutch situations and Reds ace Johnny Cueto has never feared pitching in jams. On Friday during a 6-1 Cincinnati loss to St. Louis, Cueto and manager Bryan Price did something that might seem counter-intuitive.
The score was 1-1 with runners on second and third and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Price had Cueto intentionally walk Jon Jay to load the bases and face Molina. The Cardinals' perennial All-Star entered the game a .298 hitter with three home runs when the bases are loaded, and a .308 hitter with runners in scoring position. But there were other numbers that jumped off the page to the Reds' manager.