Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mike Leake notches 10th win in uniquely odd fashion

Mike Leake improved his season record to a team-best 10-4 on Wednesday as the Reds turned away the Giants, 8-3, at AT&T Park. However, the manner in which Leake emerged victorious is somewhat unique.

Leake won the game in spite of allowing a whopping 12 hits in six innings of work. The 25-year-old became the first pitcher since Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco in 2011 to surrender that many hits yet yield only one run. The last Red to achieve the feat was Tom Hume all the back in 1978. Furthermore, the last time a starting pitcher did it to the Giants was San Diego's Bob Moose in 1972.

Obviously, Leake's performance required him to pitch out of trouble a lot during the contest. Of course, it helped that all of the hits the Giants got off him were singles.

According to Baseball Reference, no pitcher has ever had an outing as short as Leake's and still manage to give up only one run on 12 hits. The next shortest was 6.2 innings. The moral of the story is that it's extremely hard to cram in 12 hits into six innings and give up just one run.

All in all, San Francisco left 15 men on base, and Hunter Pence had a career night going 5-for-5, accounting for one-third of his team's hits. It marked the first time a player went 5-for-5 for a team that lost by five or more runs since Adam Kennedy did so for Oakland in an 8-1 loss to Chicago nearly four years ago.

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