Leake struggles again

Following a 6-4 Reds loss to the Astros, a quick look at the three stars….

No. 3 star: Jay Bruce — 2-for-4, HR, 2 runs scored. After a 58 at-bat drought without a homer, Bruce has two in two days, over six at-bats.

No. 2 star: Jose Altuve, HOU — 2-for-5, RBI triple in 3rd, RBI double in 4th.

No. 1 star: Wandy Rodriguez, HOU — 6 ip, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Here is video of Dusty Baker talking after the game. Click here

News and Notes:

*Mike Leake didn’t fare well with 3.2 ip, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. The Reds were down 6-0 after four innings. That’s three in a row rough outings — 16 runs (13 earned) over 15 2/3 innings in the right-hander’s last three starts.

“He’s working hard. He’ll find it,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Everybody is capable of having three bad ones in a row. Just don’t panic.”

*Jay Bruce and Devin Mesoraco hit homers on back-to-back pitches during a comeback attempt in the ninth. It was the first time the club has back-to-back homers this season. It was Mesoraco’s first homer of the season.

*Todd Frazier hit a RBI triple as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. Frazier has a five-game hitting streak (5-for-6, .833 in that stretch).

*Drew Stubbs was 1-for-4 and has a five-game hitting streak.

*Joey Votto ripped a RBI double in the sixth inning following a 13-pitch at-bat vs. Wandy Rodriguez. The count was 2-2 before Votto fouled off six of the following seven pitches. Votto finally lined a double to left field that scored Stubbs.

“He took everything I had. I threw him a lot of quality pitches,” Rodriguez said of Votto. “He’s a good hitter. Everybody knows that. I give all the credit to him.”


“He’s just finding the heart of the plate sometimes, at the wrong time. This is killing him because this guy is a competitor big time. He’ll get it. He’ll figure it out. Perhaps, he should try less. He’s trying real hard, probably too hard. A lot of times when you’re not relaxed and trying too hard, it makes your ball straighten out instead of having that late life like he usually has and movement.” — Dusty Baker on Leake

“I gave them a couple of good pitches to hit. They were swinging early against me and I wasn’t making good pitches. I think I’m just trying to figure out throwing strikes and what not to give them to hit. I’m just kind of stuck in the middle right now.” – Mike Leake



Tough luck of the night goes to Scott Rolen. He ripped a liner right to the second baseman. Then in the sixth he hit a gapper that the center fielder ran down. Then in the night he smoked one to the fence that the center fielder made a great play on running into the fence. I know some will look at the boxscore and think, well Rolen sucked again, not true at all. I think he has turned the corner. Let’s get some wins though.

Mike Leake clearly isn’t pitching as well as anyone, including Mike expects, however, please note, the Reds record with Ryan Hannigan catching is 8 wins and 3 losses. Their record with Mesoraco catching is 1 win and 8 losses. Easy translation, the Reds have only won 1 game this season when Mesoraco catches. Leake’s had 4 starts and pitched to Mesoraco 3 times. The Reds won the one game Leake pitched to Hannigan. I’m not sure whether pitches are called on the field or out of the dug-out, but if the catchers call the game on the field, the stats would support the argument that Hannigan does a far superior job calling the game than Mesoraco.

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