Tough day for Leake

Mike Leake had a lousy performance for the Reds in a 6-2 loss vs. the Phillies. He lasted only 2 1/3 innings and gave up six runs on six hits with two home runs. This isn’t a good time for him to be having these kinds of outings. Leake is 7-9 with a 4.73 ERA and he’s trying to crack the postseason roster. Although he won his previous two starts and three of four, he’ll need better outcomes than this.

Leake is not a good matchup for the Phillies — 0-3 with a 9.33 ERA in five starts (28 ER, 27 ip). He gave up a three-run homer in the second inning to Erik Kratz and a two-run homer in the third to Chase Utley.

“He was getting the ball up. The three-run homer hurt on a slider that didn’t slide,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

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The Three Stars:

No. 3 star: Joey Votto — 2-for-3, two singles and a walk. Votto didn’t look like he missed 50 games. He lined a Roy Halladay pitch into left field for a single in his first at-bat. Votto also got to test his left knee with a slide into second base trying to break up a double play.

“It’s going to take a day like today where I have to almost work my way back into it, shrink it down and try to do a little less. Eventually I will be able to stretch it out – hopefully,” Votto said.

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No. 2 star: Jay Bruce — 3-for-4, two doubles, HR, 2 RBIs. Bruce now has homers in a career-best four-straight games and five of six. His 32 homers overall tied a career high. Bruce has improved his home run total every season he’s been in the big leagues.

“I’d like to hope it’s indicative to the experience I am gaining and the comfort I have up here,” Bruce said. “I’m really trusting my ability and letting the game come to me and not trying to force things. That’s one of the hardest things for me to do – relax, take what they give you and let the opportunities present themselves and better capitalize on them.”

No. 1 star: Roy Halladay, PHI — 7 1/3 ip, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 104 pitches/69 strikes. Halladay was given the early 6-0 lead and never looked back. Bruce’s two-out RBI double in the fourth was his only blemish. When given a lead of four runs or more, Halladay is 110-0 in his career.

“There were some tough at-bats,” Halladay said. “They’ve got some guys that are some good players. I thought Joey Votto would be a little more rusty than he was coming back. He didn’t seem like he missed a beat.”

News and notes:

The Cardinals lost also today so the Reds keep their 8 1/2 game lead in the NL Central. And for the first time on this blog in 2012: the magic number for the Reds to clinch is now 17.

*Todd Frazier singled in the ninth inning to reach base in a team-high 28 straight games.

*Didi Gregorius made a spectacular catch on a tough pop up from Juan Pierre in the fourth. Gregorius twisted his body in mid-air to catch the ball.

*The Reds bullpen retired the final 17 Phillies in a row. That included Pedro Vilarreal, who made his big league debut with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.


what happened to neftali soto i thought he was suppose to be a september callup . i would like see the reds put a claim in for joherman chavez outfielder for seattle he was dfa’d a couple of days ago he is young and i think would be worth the gamble

I see some decisions to be made regarding relievers and bench players for the playoffs. With the relievers I see Bailey being a reliever and Leake will not be on the squad. I see Ondrusek not making the squad and adding Hoover. That leaves 11 relievers. I think there will be 6 bench players…Frazier, Heisey, Cairo, Valdez, Paul, and Navarro. I think Paul and Navarro have shown they belong on this team. Aside from that, they are both left hand hitters. The poor outing against Philadelphia probably eliminates Leake from the playoffs. Bailey will become a reliever. Hoover will replace Ondrusek.

Leaks could add some value as a pinch hotter but I aged with your playoff choices. Leaks and Bailey are either on of off and I think that shows a lack of mental toughness to pitch through non perfect situations. Leake should nt be on the playof team. If it weren’t for Stubbe speed I would say leave him off as well heisey is showing us he can hit and field so goodbye Stubbe to your starting everyday for this ballclub ever again

I totally disagree with the Mesoraco statement above. He hasn’t hit, he had his chances this year. He is still in the plans long term for sure, but he won’t be on the playoff roster this year. When you get to the playoffs, with a couple off days, your best catcher will play every game, so Hanigan will play every game. So your backup catcher should be ready to pinch hit if need be, and we would rather have Navarro up there then Mez. I like Mez, but this makes sense, and if he is a big boy, it won’t hurt his feelings.

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