If anyone ever needed a quality start it was none other than Mike Leake. After last Wednesday's performance against the Phillies, Leake looked to rebound and get a victory at home. Pitching at GABP hasn't been easy for Leake (3-5, 5.69 era).
Leake gave up a solo shot in the top of the first inning to give the Buccos a 1-0 lead. Brandon Phillips followed that solo shot up with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1. Phillips later followed that up with an RBI double in his second plate appearance to give the good guys an advantage at 2-1. After the double with Drew Stubbs batting, Kevin Correia threw a wild pitch followed by a throwing error from the catcher allowing both Leake and Phillips to score and give the Reds a 4-1 advantage.
Later in the game Mike Leake allowed a two run home run to allow the Pirates within one run at 4-3 and Scott Rolen then added an insurance run with a solo shot of his own to put the Reds up 5-3. That's all Cincy would need on this night as they went on to win the game by the final of 5-3.
Let's see how it all went down with the good, the bad, and the notables:
+ Mike Leake had a solid performance (7.0 ip, 3 er, 1 bb, 3 k) and earned his 8th victory of the season putting his overall record at 8-9.
+ The trio in the bullpen of Logan Ondrusek (0.1 ip), Sean Marshall (0.2 ip), and Jonathan Broxton (1.0 ip) shut down the Bucs offense through the final two innings. Broxton recorded his first save in a Reds uniform.
+ Rolen added the insurance run in the bottom of the 8th inning with his 7th long ball of the season.
+ Brandon Phillips, Mike Leake, Ryan Ludwick, and Wilson Valdez all recorded two hits at the plate. Phillips also added a pair of RBI.
+ The magic number now sits at 11!
+ Dioner Navarro was 0-for-3 at the plate with two strikeouts.
+ Jay Bruce had an 0-for-4 night at the plate.
+ Drew Stubbs was also 0-for-4 and his average for the season now sits at .217.
+ Joey Votto also had a hitless night with the bat going 0-for-3.
+ The howling continued for the second night in a row. Not sure how many fans like it (I'm a fan). Chris and Thom also appear to like it and want it to continue.
+ With a Cardinals loss tonight the magic number could drop to 10!
+ With a win tomorrow the Reds would be 30 games over .500!
+ Up next: The Reds look to sweep the Bucs in a 7:10 EST finale. Homer Bailey (10-9, 4.03) will take the ball slated against righty A.J. Burnett (15-6, 3.68).