Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Reds Wash Away Cubs Behind Leake

Leake's final start of 2011 was a dandy
The Reds (72-76) evened up the series with a 2-1 victory over visiting Chicago (65-83) Tuesday night -- thanks in large part by Mike Leake's masterful pitching performance.

Here's the good, the bad, the notables and the Redlegs Review Hard Hat recipient for the contest:

The Good:
-In his last scheduled start of the season, Leake was dominant in earning his 12th victory of '11. The right-hander limited the Cubbies to only one run, six hits and two walks over eight superb innings of work.
-Brandon Phillips led-off the first with his third homer in two games while also reaching base twice in the affair via walk.
-The ageless wonder, Edgar Renteria, pounded out three hits including an RBI double in the fifth.
-Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth to record his 33rd save of the season. He's now converted 16/16 save opporunities since the All-Star Break.
-Yonder Alonso picked up a couple of singles after an 0 for 4 showing on Monday night.

The Bad:
-Nobody outside of Renteria, Phillips or Alonso collected a base hit.
-Drew Stubbs was 0 for 4 with two K's to raise his season total to 190.
-Jay Bruce picked up the hat trick with three punchouts on the night (0-4 overall).
-Cincinnati scored only two runs, sprayed only six hits and struckout nine teams as a team.

Notables:
-The win guarantees the Reds of at least a split of the season series between the Cubs (9-7).
-The win also snaps a 3-game losing skid for Cincy.

The Hard Hat:
-For his efforts, Mike Leake is the recipient of the dubious Redlegs Review Hard Hat for this Reds victory.

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