Saturday, June 2, 2012

Reds win behind Leake, Bruce

After a much needed off-day yesterday, the Reds (29-22) got right back on the winning track en route to a 4-1 victory over the Astros (22-30) on Friday night. Mike Leake led the way with a strong 7-inning performance and Jay Bruce hit another homer to provide all the offense needed. Cincinnati now sits in first place 2.5 games ahead of the nearest St. Louis Cardinals.

Here is a look at the good, the bad and notables from the contest:

The Good
-Mike Leake (2-5) pitched seven innings allowing only four hits and one run. He also struck out seven.
-The boys jumped out to an early lead after plating two runs in the top half of the first.
-Logan Ondrusek pitched one scoreless inning in relief.
-Aroldis Chapman came in for the save (4) and struck out ALL 3 batters he faced. He lit up the scoreboard with triple digit radar readings on most of his fastballs.
-Jay Bruce hit a home run (12) in the 9th to finish the day with two RBI, while also scoring a run.
-Brandon Phillips and Bruce both had 2-out RBI. 
-The team went 2-2 with RISP.
-Cincy guarantees not to get swept while putting themselves in a great position to win a road series.

The Bad
-Reds hitters went down on strikes on nine separate occasions in all.
-Drew Stubbs was hitless in four trips to the dish lowering his season average to .228.
-Zack Cozart didn't fare much better after going 0-3 with a walk. He's hitting a measly .232 on the campaign.
-Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco were 0-3 as well.
-My eyes are still a little sore from having to witness the Astros' rainbow retro unis.

The Notables
- Astros 1B Carlos Lee exited the game in the eighth with an apparent hamstring injury.
- A crowd of 21,464 turned out to see the action at Minute Maid Park.
- The Redlegs aim to take game two of the series on Saturday when they march out Mat Latos (4-2, 4.58) opposite of Houston's Wandy Rodriguez (4-4, 2.59). First pitch is slated for 7:15et.

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