Friday, April 05, 2002

Acevedo shuts down Cubs


Allows just 1 run in six innings

By John Fay, jfay@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Sean Casey runs stretches out a double in the second inning.
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        They passed out Louisville RiverBats media guides in the Cinergy Field press box before Thursday's Reds game. Jose Acevedo's bio and picture are in it.

        If Acevedo pitches the way he did Thursday night in the Reds' 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs, the next time he'll be in Louisville is when the Reds make a stop there on their way home from spring training next year.

        Acevedo became the first Reds starter this season to pitch into the sixth inning. He went through the sixth, allowing five hits and the one run. He struck out six and walked one, and his fastball was still hitting 92 mph in the sixth, even though he threw 107 pitches.

        “He did a great job,” Reds manager Bob Boone said. “We needed that. He made pretty clutch pitches all night.”

        He did it on a night not suited for a pitcher from the Dominican Republic. It was 43 degrees and getting colder at the 7:10p.m. start.

        The Reds managed only three hits, but it was enough for Acevedo and relievers Scott Sullivan and Danny Graves.

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Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jose Acevedo has his game face on as he walks off the field after the 4th inning.
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        The victory means the Reds won the opening series over the Cubs. That's a good sign for them. Consider: They went 0-13-2 in home series from April 17 to July19 last year.

        “It's good to take two of three from anybody,” Ken Griffey Jr. said. “That's all you want to do is win the series. When you win with three hits, you're doing something right. We got key hits tonight.”

        Acevedo, a 24-year-old right-hander, earned his spot in the Reds' rotation with four very good spring starts. He went 16 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on 12 hits. After winning his spot, Acevedo had an awful outing. A week ago in Chattanooga, he went four innings, allowing nine runs on 13 hits. The Reds weren't happy.

        “(Pitching coach Don Gullett) talked to him,” Boone said. “He got the message.”

        Which was: Keep your arm up and the ball down.

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Sammy Sosa watches his home run in the 4th inning.
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        “I'm so glad to have a pitching coach like Gully,” Acevedo said. “He helps me a lot. I was focused on the hitters tonight.”

        Acevedo was sharp Thursday. He allowed a broken-bat single to Delino DeShields, then retired 10 in a row.

        That gave the Reds time to build a 2-0 lead.

        Sean Casey led off the second inning with a double to left and scored when first baseman Fred McGriff couldn't handle Aaron Boone's ground ball. Two outs later, Jason LaRue hit a bolt into the left-center field gap, scoring Boone from first to make it 2-0.

        The next inning, Chicago starter Juan Cruz hit Griffey on the helmet with a pitch. Griffey was the sixth batter to be hit by a pitch in the series — three by each team.

        Acevedo could have retaliated against the Cubs' Sammy Sosa in the fourth but didn't. Instead, he gave Sosa an outside pitch he could drill. Sosa drove the pitch out to right-center for his second home run in as many nights.

        Griffey was OK with Acevedo not throwing at Sosa. But the issue isn't closed.

        “Those things have a way of taking care of themselves,” Griffey said. “That's just the way it's going to be.”

        The Reds made it 3-1 in the sixth, which looked big later, when the Cubs got two runners on base in both the eighth and ninth innings.

        In the ninth against Graves, Darren Lewis and Mark Bellhorn hit balls to the warning track in left. If either had fallen, it would have tied the game. But Graves ended by getting DeShields to ground out.

        “Danny almost gave me a heart attack in the ninth,” Boone said.


                    1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9     R  H  E
                    -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -     -  -  -
CHICAGO CUBS        0  0  0   1  0  0   0  0  0     1  8  1
CINCINNATI          0  2  0   0  1  0   0  0  x     3  3  0   (FINAL)

BATTERIES: CHN - JUAN CRUZ, JESUS SANCHEZ (5TH), JEFF FASSERO (7TH),
           KYLE FARNSWORTH (8TH) AND TODD HUNDLEY 

           CIN - JOSE ACEVEDO, SCOTT SULLIVAN (7TH), DANNY GRAVES 
                 (8TH) AND JASON LARUE 

            WP - JOSE ACEVEDO (1-0)
            LP - JUAN CRUZ (0-1)
          SAVE - DANNY GRAVES (1)

HOME RUNS: CHN - SAMMY SOSA (2) OFF JOSE ACEVEDO IN THE 4TH, 0 ON 

           CIN - NONE

PROBABLES: CHN - JASON BERE (NR)
           PIT - DAVID WILLIAMS (NR)

PROBABLES: CIN - JIMMY HAYNES (NR)
           MON - MASATO YOSHII (NR)
------------------------------------------------------------------------

CHICAGO CUBS           ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
D Deshields 2b          5  0  3  0   0  0   2  .417
C Patterson cf          4  0  0  0   0  1   2  .455
S Sosa rf               3  1  1  1   1  0   0  .250
F McGriff 1b            3  0  0  0   1  1   3  .167
R Brown lf              4  0  1  0   0  3   3  .154
 K Farnsworth p         0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
A Gonzalez ss           4  0  2  0   0  0   1  .545
T Hundley c             4  0  1  0   0  2   2  .364
 J Girardi pr           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
C Stynes 3b             3  0  0  0   0  0   0  .125
 J Fassero p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 D Lewis lf             1  0  0  0   0  0   2  .500
J Cruz p                2  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 J Sanchez p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 a-M Bellhorn ph-3b     2  0  0  0   0  1   2  .125

Totals                 35  1  8  1   2  8  17

a-struck out swinging for J Sanchez in the 7th.

BATTING: 2B - R Brown (2, J Acevedo). HR - S Sosa (2, 4th inning off 
J Acevedo 0 on, 1 Out). RBI - S Sosa (3). Runners left in scoring 
position, 2 out - A Gonzalez 1, F Mcgriff 1, D Deshields 1, 
T Hundley 1, R Brown 1. Team LOB - 9. 

FIELDING: E - F Mcgriff (1, ground ball). 


CINCINNATI             ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
T Walker 2b             3  1  0  0   1  2   1  .250
B Larkin ss             4  0  0  0   0  2   1  .167
K Griffey Jr cf         3  0  1  1   0  1   0  .300
S Casey 1b              3  1  1  0   1  0   1  .300
A Boone 3b              3  1  0  0   1  1   2  .100
A Dunn lf               3  0  0  0   1  1   2  .111
 R Taylor lf            0  0  0  0   0  0   0 1.000
J Encarnacion rf        4  0  0  0   0  2   5  .250
J Larue c               3  0  1  1   1  0   0  .333
J Acevedo p             2  0  0  0   0  2   3  .000
 a-B Clark ph           0  0  0  0   1  0   0 1.000
 S Sullivan p           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 D Graves p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000

Totals                 28  3  3  2   6 11  15

a-walked for J Acevedo in the 6th.

BATTING: 2B - S Casey (1, J Cruz); J Larue (2, J Cruz). RBI - J Larue (1), 
K Griffey Jr (2). 2-out RBI - J Larue. Runners left in scoring position, 
2 out - J Encarnacion 2, J Acevedo 2. Team LOB - 8. 

BASERUNNING: SB - A Boone (2, 2nd base off J Cruz/T Hundley). 


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    CHICAGO CUBS    - 000 100 000   --   1
    CINCINNATI      - 020 010 00x   --   3
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CHICAGO CUBS                 ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
J Cruz (L, 0-1)               4 2/3   3   3   1   4   7   0   1.92
J Sanchez                     1 1/3   0   0   0   2   2   0   0.00
J Fassero                     1 1/3   0   0   0   0   2   0   3.00
K Farnsworth                    2/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0.00


CINCINNATI                   ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
J Acevedo (W, 1-0)            6       5   1   1   1   6   1   1.50
S Sullivan (H, 2)             1 1/3   1   0   0   1   1   0   0.00
D Graves (S, 1)               1 2/3   2   0   0   0   1   0   0.00


WP - J Acevedo. IBB - J Larue (by J Cruz). HBP - K Griffey Jr (by J Cruz). 
Pitches-strikes: J Cruz 100-57; J Sanchez 25-12; J Fassero 18-11; K Farnsworth 
10-6; J Acevedo 107-68; S Sullivan 24-15; D Graves 19-15. Ground balls-fly 
balls: J Cruz 3-4; J Sanchez 0-2; J Fassero 2-0; K Farnsworth 0-2; J Acevedo 
6-6; S Sullivan 2-1; D Graves 1-3. Batters faced: J Cruz 23; J Sanchez 6; J 
Fassero 4; K Farnsworth 2; J Acevedo 24; S Sullivan 6; D Graves 7. 


UMPIRES: HP--Kerwin Danley. 1B--Marvin Hudson. 2B--Dana Demuth. 3B--Charles 
Reliford. 
       

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