Johnny Cueto threw a one-hit gem in his first sport again for the San Francisco Giants since he had Tommy John surgical procedure final 12 months.
The best-hander struck out 4 and walked one in 5 shutout innings, main the Giants over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates 5-Four on Tuesday evening.
He was relieved by Kyle Barraclough within the sixth after throwing 69 pitches.
“Prefer it was Opening Day,” Cueto stated.
Cueto, 33, was 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 9 begins final season earlier than he was shut down. He’s within the fourth 12 months of a six-year, $130 million contract.
“That was a particular evening for Johnny, simply a lot exhausting work and getting back from a lot,” stated Stephen Vogt, who caught Cueto’s comeback outing. “Attending to be a small a part of that with him was fairly particular for me. It has been a protracted street for him to come back again. He was simply so joyful immediately — earlier than the sport, throughout the sport, after the sport you can simply inform he was having enjoyable.”
Cueto went 1-2-Three within the first on 11 pitches with a strikeout and two groundouts earlier than turning his cap round only for enjoyable and pumping his fists.
He punched his hand into his glove in celebration, chomping his gum all of the whereas.
“That is my sport, each time I pitch simply attempt to have enjoyable,” he stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.