Saturday, April 21, 2012

Leake Struggles as Reds lose 6-1

Will a poor performance lead to Chapman in the rotation? 

After the uplifting win over the Cubs on Friday afternoon in which they scored 9 runs and provided some hope to a struggling offense, the Reds (6-9) managed only 1 run against the Chicago Cubs (4-11).  Mike Leake struggled giving up 5 runs in the first 2 innings and the Reds bats could not provide any run support. With the success of Aroldis Chapman, there will certainly be a debate over Chapman taking Leake's (or Bailey's) spot in the rotation. Here is the Good, Bad, and Notables from Friday's game.

The Good
-Zack Cozart got 2 hits and scored a run. He is batting .293 on the season
-The Reds managed to draw 4 walks. Is this a sign they are trying to be more patient at the plate?
-The Reds can win the series with a victory tomorrow. A key goal for playoff caliber teams is to win every series.

The Bad
- The Team struck out 7 times, with Joey Votto contributing 2.
-Mike Leake gave up 5 runs and 10 hits in only 5 innings of work earning the loss
- The Reds only managed 1 run off of Paul Malholm who has an ERA of 8.36
-The Reds went 2-10 with Runners in Scoring Position.

The Notables
-The Cubs managed to stop a 6 game losing streak, while also stopping the Reds only winning streak of the young season.
-Johnny Cueto takes the mound tomorrow at 2:20 tomorrow as the ace tries to get a win before the team heads home after a long road trip.
-The NCAA Champions University of Kentucky Men's Basketball team will be honored at the home game on Tuesday.

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