Postgame extra: Leake

A 3-2 win over the Mets in 11 innings was achieved by Laynce Nix’s walkoff home run and Nick Masset’s stellar two scoreless innings of relief. I will have plenty about that in game story on MLB.com/Reds.com — please head over there when you have a chance.

Pushed to the background a little tonight was the effort of rookie Mike Leake.

“It was well pitched game on both sides, especially Leake. He pitched great,” Dusty Baker said.

Leake pitched six innings with one of his two runs allowed being earned. He walked and struck out four and threw 100 pitches.

“They got underneath my balls for the most part,” Leake said. “I didn’t get as many groundballs as I hoped to. It seemed like they liked the low ball. They dropped their hands down to it tonight. Francoeur was a good example in the second. I had to mix and match a little more today.”

Drew Stubbs’ two-out dropped catch on Jeff Francoeur’s liner scored the first Mets run. Another run scored in the sixth after Orlando Cabrera dropped Ramon Hernandez’s throw to second as Luis Castillo stole second. Castillo went to third and scored on a Jose Reyes double.

“They’re always doing their best out there,” Leake said. “You can’t complain about anything. It’s baseball. There will be games when it doesn’t go the way you want it. the good thing is we stayed in there long enough to  get that clutch hit.”

It was the first time Leake didn’t get into the seventh inning but it was his fourth quality start.
He is 2-0 with a 2.94 ERA in five starts.

Other notes:

*Chris Heisey was 0-for-5 in his MLB debut.

*Mike Lincoln has not allowed a run in his last six appearances (4 innings, 1 hit)

*The Reds are 3-0 in extra innings games this season.

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1 Comment

You posed the question several blogs back, Should Dusty get credit for the Reds doing better? Yes he should get some of the credit. I still believe he does a better job managing a more experienced team. I watch his reaction to things happening on the field and he seems to live and die too much on every pitch or every little thing that happens on the field. If I was playing for him it wouldn’t give me much confidence. This team is a middle of the pack team. With a little confidence and a mentality that we need to sweep the Mets, not Well, at least the powerful Mets are not going to sweep us. They could stay in the hunt.

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