Reds support Leake in win
A few quick items following a 3-0 Reds victory over the D-backs.
*Mike Leake delivered a much needed 7 2/3 inning victory in the game to earn his 50th career win. Leake did not walk a batter and struck out eight while giving up five hits. It was the Reds’ fourth-straight quality start from their rotation after they were 1-for-7 coming out of the All-Star break.
“He was just sharp and on the attack,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “I often felt there was a certain element to Mike, a competitiveness that when he unleashes it, he’s on the attack and … attacking the zone and attacking the hitter, pitching aggressively inside which he does very comfortably. There is a fierceness to the kid that makes him even better than his stuff.”
“Leake was pretty good,” D-backs catcher Miguel Montero said. “That ball was moving more than normal. I mean you see it down the middle and the next thing you know that ball is way off the plate. He pitched well. He knows how to pitch, he mixes speeds and his sinker was working. He was working ahead in the count and was making good pitches early and getting quick outs. He’s tough. I’ve got to give credit to him.”
Todd Frazier, who had a dismal 0-for-6 game with four strikeouts in Monday’s 15-inning loss, was 2-for-4 with a RBI single in the first inning and a run scored. Frazier also stole his 16th base of the season before he scored on Brayan Pena’s RBI hit in the sixth inning.
Frazier is four steals shy of becoming only the third Reds third baseman with at least 20 homers and 20 steals. The other two were Aaron Boone and Chris Sabo.
“It’s pretty cool,” Frazier said of his stolen base total. “I was really fast when I was younger, and as I got older, the weight’s kicked in and a couple of root beers. I don’t know; I’ve always thought of myself as a good base runner. You’ve got to have confidence in whatever you do. I got the green light here and I’ve been working on it a lot. I have to give credit to Mike Stefanski, he’s spending tireless hours in there trying to help me out about what times are good to go, because I kind of have a walking lead sometimes, so when to time that out.”