Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Leake, Reds get edged out by Royals

It's just Spring Training, but it was a bad outing by Mike Leake, as the Reds (5-6-1) got beaten by the Royals (6-5) 7-5 at Surprise Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Here's no surprise as we present the good, the bad, and the notables from today's game:

The Good:
-Jay #Bruuuuuce continued his hot hitting, going 2-3 with a solo homer, two RBIs, and a run scored, bringing his spring batting average to .533.
-Drew Stubbs is still looking good this spring with a .417 BA, as he went 1-2 today with two runs and a walk.
-Willie Harris collected an RBI double in his only plate appearance.
-Sean Gallagher threw a scoreless inning to finish the game.

The Bad:
-Leake gave up eight hits and two walks en route to four earned runs in just three innings of work. He did strike out two.
-Devin Mesoraco committed his first error of the spring and went 0-2 dipping his spring BA to .154.
-Reds pitchers Leake, Nick Christiani, Sam LeCure and Gallagher gave up 16 total hits to Kansas City.
-Cincinnati left fielders had an ugly day as Chris Heisey went 0-3 with two Ks and two men left on base and Ryan Ludwick went 0-1, stranding one man in his only at-bat.

The Notables:
-It was a perfect 75 degrees and sunny, for the players and the 4,057 fans in Surprise.
-Dusty Baker on Leake (per Tom Groeschen on Twitter): "It's spring training. We know what Leake can do. You're here to get your work."
-The Reds will have a split-squad doubleheader Wednesday at Goodyear Ballpark against the Padres at 4:05pm EST and the Dodgers at 10:05pm EST. Aroldis Chapman will oppose Clayton Richard in the first game, while Homer Bailey will start against 2011 Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw in the second. For those keeping count, that's two pitchers named Clayton that the Reds will face tomorrow.

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