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Beat the Braves, get swept by the Mets, sweep the Giants, lose to the Astros. It’s a wonder that not every Reds fans’ hair has turned gray in 2011.
A 4-3 loss in 10 innings came on a dropped ball at the plate on a fielder’s choice. But don’t pin this on catcher Ryan Hanigan. The whole team was 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 men. The Reds were facing an Astros team with a lot of newbies as well.
*Save for a three-run second inning, very nice start for Bronson Arroyo. He tied a season high with eight innings pitched and allowed only the three runs with six hits, two walks and three strikeouts He retired 13 of his last 14 batters and 18 of 20. For the first time since June 13, he did not allow a home run.
*Brandon Phillips might have had the play of the night in baseball in 10th had the Reds recorded the out. With the bases loaded and the infield in, Phillips made a spectacular diving stop on Jose Altuve’s screamer up the middle. Hanigan could not hold on to the throw to the plate.
*Since his 11 appearance, 8 2/3 innings scoreless streak, Logan Ondrusek has given up 4 ER, 8 H and over his last five appearances.
*The Reds are a season-high 7 1/2 games out of first place after the Brewers beat the Cardinals.
*With a third-inning double, Joey Votto has produced at least one extra-base hit in each of his last 11 games at Minute Maid Park. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest such streak by a player at any park since Houston’s Jeff Bagwell produced an extra-base hit in 11 straight games from 1993-95 at SF’s Candlestick Park/3Com Park.
*The Reds are 7-5 in extra inning games and 16-24 in one-run games.
“I’ve had my back against the wall a lot lately. I’m just trying to survive out there. I was happy to go deep in the ballgame and giving us a chance to win. It’s not any more satisfying really at this point in the season seeing how many games far back we are. We need every win we can get regardless of how well you throw.” — Bronson Arroyo
“We left runners out there all night. We couldn’t get the big hit.” — Dusty Baker
“We had some chances and didn’t come through. This team is hungry. You can’t take this team real lightly because you never know who will be out there. We really don’t know many guys out there. But I’ll tell you one thing, the way they played, they showed they were really hungry and we have to motivate ourselves to really go out there and push ourselves harder for us to get the win.” — Brandon Phillips on the Astros
“It’s a good lineup over there. Those guys definitely can hit the ball and they mashed a lot of singles. Luckily enough, no any real damage, a couple doubles here and there but like I said, keeping them at bay is all I can do, and once again, hats go off to the bullpen and the guys for finding a way to win.” — Astros RHP Bud Norris
There wasn’t a lot of talking in quiet the Reds clubhouse after a 10-9 defeat to the Mets Thursday afternoon. But veteran Miguel Cairo wanted to make sure he was heard by all as he spoke with reporters. Cairo didn’t yell but he spoke clearly and made his points.
“We’ve got to start playing the way we know how to play. That’s the bottom line. We stink right now as a team,” Cairo said. “We don’t do the little things to win games. It’s not like everything is going wrong. You’ve got to make it happen. And you’ve got to go out there and make it happen. You’re not going on the field and ‘oh, everything is going to go wrong.’ That’s the not the mentality we got to have. The attitude has to be tomorrow is another day and we’re going to expect to win. Right now, I don’t think we have that attitude.”
Welcome to the lowest point of the Reds season. They are 50-55, five games under .500 (a new season high)
It was the Mets first-ever four-game sweep in the city of Cincinnati — whether it be Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium or Great American Ball Park. New York scored 30 runs in the series.
And this was a team that had traded one of its best player before Wednesday’s game.
The Reds hadn’t been swept four games at home by anybody since the Astros Aug. 7-10, 2008 by the Astros.
“It’s disheartening to have a four-game sweep in your house,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
*Logan Ondrusek’s ninth inning hurt badly as a single and two walks loaded the bases. His wild pitch to Willie Harris made it a 10-8 game and proved to be the difference in the game after Joey Votto homered in the bottom on the ninth.
*Speaking of Votto, he is 6-for-13 in three games since Monday’s break with a homer in each one.
*Miguel Cairo hit the second PH homer of his career, a three-run shot in the seventh. His last PH homer was 2001. It played a big role in a nice comeback attempt as the Reds scored four in the fourth and one in the seventh.
*Homer Bailey: 4+ ip, 12 H, 9 ER (career high), 2 BB, 2 K.
*The Reds eight doubles in the game were a season high and their most since…8/26/01 at Montreal.
*Aroldis Chapman’s eighth inning walk of Jose Reyes snapped his streak of 17 batters in a row retired.
*The last time the Reds were five games under .500 was the end of the 2009 season when they were six back.
“We’ve got to change the attitude. I don’t like to lose. No one likes to lose. We’ve got to go out there and expect to win. Right now, we’re not playing like it. We’ve got to change the attitude. Tomorrow, we’ve got San Francisco and they’re going to come over here and try to kick our butt. And we’ve got to react. We’ve got to do something about it. We’ve got to take our tail out of our butt. That’s the way we’ve got to do it. Everyone has to put more effort than what we’ve been doing.” — Miguel Cairo
“They were hot this series. They weren’t missing anything. You notice the averages on the board; they came in one thing and left 10, 12 points higher. That’s hard to do this time of year.” — Dusty Baker
“There was the bases loaded double, there were a couple walks in there and there were some more hits, so I don’t think we can sit back and look at a bunt single and say that was the difference. It was more of a matter of a pitcher not making pitches; that was me. Bottom line: we just didn’t get the job done. Offense came up with plenty of runs; we definitely should have won that game with as many runs as we put up. A starter doesn’t go out there and do his job, that’s what’s going to happen.” — Homer Bailey
It feels like a just the quotes kind of night on the blog and you can read more in depth in my final game story that will be up shortly (the one with the quotes, not the first version.)
Some of the quotes below, however, should explains the big moment of the 7-2 Reds loss to the Brewers — the decision not to bat for RHP Chad Reineke with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth inning, trailing by three runs. Reineke grounded into a double play to score a run in a rally-killing moment.
“Oh yeah, if I had a full bullpen, that was our chance to get back in the game.” — Reds manager Dusty Baker.
“[Ondrusek] was sore. He couldn’t go. This guy has been pitching a lot. He’s No. 2 in the league in appearances. We’ve got three guys in the bullpen in the top 10 in appearances – Masset, Ondrusek and Bray…It was ‘no’ behind Fisher, ‘no’ behind Arredondo and ‘no’ behind Ondrusek. That puts you in a bad situation when you have only one guy with length down there. I was counting it up. We didn’t have enough to fill nine innings today.” — Baker
“Zack [Greinke] was trying to strike him out and he couldn’t strike him out. [Reineke] swung at the first two breaking balls and looks bad, and then doesn’t swing at the rest.” –Brewers manager Ron Roenicke on Reineke, who worked a 0-2 count into a 3-2 count before grounding into the 643 DP.
“It’s sorry to say, but it’s probably better if I just strike out and not get two outs. But I worked it to full and got a pitch to hit and I didn’t do anything with it. That’s kind of a killer with bases loaded, nobody out, to ground into a double play, but I was just trying to do my best.” — Chad Reineke
“Honestly, I think we beat ourselves today. I think we hit the ball pretty good. They were just playing in the right spots. I hit some balls good today and Scott Rolen did too. We didn’t score some runs. He still has his good stuff. [Greinke is] one of the best pitchers in the league and today was just not our day, really. He kept the ball down real good and we just lost.” — Brandon Phillips
“They had some good at-bats but I only had one pitch that I was throwing how I wanted to, so it made it tough. I got through it. By the fifth and sixth inning, everything started coming together a little bit.” — Brewers starter Zack Greinke
That Reds penchant for the drama didn’t disappear after an off-season. Ramon Hernandez brought it all back, and then, some with a stunning three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. It gave the Reds a 7-6 win.
Cincinnati came into the ninth down 6-3 against Brewers closer John Axford. A fun conclusion for the Reds and their 42,398 fans at GABP…but not a well-played game overall.
*The Reds were 1-for-10 RISP with 10 LOB. They were 0-for-9 before Hernandez came through.
*Edinson Volquez was rocked for three homers, including two in a row to start the game. Carlos Gomez hit the second one and it sailed 429 feet into the upper deck of right field. Not a cheapie by any stretch.
*Jonny Gomes made an error fielding Ryan Braun’s two-out single. It put Braun on 2B and a Jordan Smith balk later put runners on second and third. A possibly tough insurance run scored on Casey McGehee single.
*The Reds were resilent, give them credit. They did not pack it in on a freezing cold day.
*Brandon Phillips’ nifty slide step to avoid McGehee’s tag saved a rally. McGehee should have just thrown to first base and that game likely doesn’t end like it did. Scott Rolen hustled hard to beat the throw to first base, as well. Asked to describe his speed, Rolen dryly replied “Electric.”
*Credit the Reds bullpen, especially Sam LeCure and winning pitcher Logan Ondrusek for keeping Milwaukee in check.
*Gomes nearly won the game himself with a long screamer of a fly to center field. It went for a sac fly but put Hernandez in position to win the game.
*The last Reds walk-off home run on Opening Day came from the bat of Joe Randa on 4/7/2005 vs. the Mets in a 7-6 win.
*Hernandez is the fifth Reds player to collect four hits on Opening Day.
*The Reds are now 4-9-1 in their last 14 openers. The tie, incidentally came vs. MIL in 2000, after an official game was called because of rain.
*The last time a team hit two home runs to begin a season was the Reds on April 7, 1969 vs. the Dodgers. Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan each went deep against Don Drysdale at
Riverfront Stadium. Crosley Field.
*Cincinnati hadn’t won an Opening Day game since 2007, so it was the first in the tenure of Dusty Baker and Walt Jocketty.
“We don’t want to win it like that. We got lucky enough we got the win today. To me, it’s amazing. This is one of the best opening days I’ve ever had in my career. I’m so happy that I helped my team and my team won a ballgame.” — Ramon Hernandez
“They were getting some hits with runners in scoring position and we weren’t. If you keep putting them out there, sooner or later something good is going to happen. The key is opporutunies. If you don’t have opportunities, you don’t have much of a chance.” — Dusty Baker
“We ended the season on a walk-off last year to clinch the division and start it that way this year. We kind of struggled to put together productive innings today. We got some base runners and weren’t able to capitalize and get them across. I think it’s a huge shot in the arm for us to start the year. It’s always great to win the first one and in that fashion, it’s even more special.” — Drew Stubbs, who hit a homer in the fourth inning.
“I think I was a little bit excited in the first inning. After that, I calmed down and threw my pitches.” — Edinson Volquez
“Obviously, my opinion doesn’t really matter. But if my first inclination was that he was not out of the baseline, I would have made sure I kept going towards him a little bit more than I did instead of also trying to make a throw. In hindsight, I wish I had just come through and made a thtow to first and not even worried about him.” — Brewers 3B Casey McGehee on the non-tag of Phillips in the ninth.
“I got away with one in the at-bat before with Gomes. This time I paid for it.” — John Axford, who gave up the game-ending homer to Hernandez.
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Rookie Travis Wood did nothing tonight to make me believe he shouldn’t start in the best-of-five NLDS, especially if the Reds end up facing the lefty-hitting heavy Phillies.
Wood’s line: 6.1 ip, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Two of his runs were given up with Logan Ondrusek on the mound.
Philadelphia will feature Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez — all left-handed. Rollins and Victorino are switch-hitters.With a short series, it would seem more conventional that the Reds go with three starters. Or do they take four?
If only three starters go for the Reds? Who gets exiled to the bullpen?
Edinson Volquez seems to have a hot hand. Bronson Arroyo isn’t going anywhere. Wood has two walks allowed with 24 strikeouts over his last four starts (24 1/3 innings).
What about Johnny Cueto? He has a 1.20 ERA vs. the Phillies in two starts this season. But he is 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA over his last six starts of the regular season. After his mostly solid year, could he actually not start in the first round of the postseason? What becomes of Homer Bailey?
It’s a tough call and I don’t envy Dusty Baker and Bryan Price. What would you do?
Quick notes —
*Friday’s 4-3 Reds loss in 11 innings does not guarantee a NLDS with the Phillies but it did assure them of starting the playoffs on the road — either at Philly or the NL West winner.
If the NL West leading Giants or Padres get the Wild Card away from the Braves, that team would get the Phillies.
*The Brandon Phillips E4 on Casey McGehee’s grounder in the 11th was changed to a RBI single. Phillips was screened some by the umpire, which was why the change was made by the official scorer postgame.
*A string of 22-straight retired for the bullpen was snapped on Craig Counsell’s single of Logan Ondrusek in the seventh inning that went as a blown save.
*Scott Rolen’s exit in the fifth was pre-planned before the game to preserve him for the playoffs. Rolen will not start Saturday, Dusty Baker said.
Postgame quotes –
“He pitched good. He threw the ball pretty good and was down in the strike zone and ahead of the hitters. I think he threw a very good ballgame. It’s one of those games you get bad luck. There’s nothing you can do. It won’t be the first or last time it happens.” — Ramon Hernandez on Travis Wood
“That seventh inning, things kind of happened. He had 103 pitches and he usually doesn’t go quite the long. He was still looking good that inning. We just kind of let that one get away from us tonight.” — Dusty Baker on Wood.
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A quick breakdown from the Reds’ 7-2 win over the Nationals –
*Jonny Gomes had a 3-for-4 night and scored three runs. Gomes went deep with HR No. 13 to start the Reds’ sixth and started a four-run rally in the third with a single and later scored. His third hit was beating out an infield single to SS with one out in the eighth. In the top of the seventh, he made a nifty sliding catch at the left field foul line.
Gomes praised the all-around team effort.
“The situational hitting was awesome today. The defense was awesome too,” Gomes said.
*Miguel Cairo, filling in for the injured Scott Rolen, was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Not long after Gomes went deep, Cairo went deeper as he smacked a 438-foot homer to the upper left field bleachers in the sixth.
*Johnny Cueto turned in a dependable six innings, despite being interupted by a 42-minute rain delay. His line: 6 ip, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. 91 pitches/58 strikes.
*Cueto struck out the side in the fourth with a rolling single through the left side after play resumed.
*In the four-run bottom of the third, Cueto picked up his first two RBIs of the season with a sharp single that went through a shallow-playing 2B Cristian Guzman.
*Logan Ondrusek took over for Cueto in the seventh and put up another zero. He hasn’t allowed a run in 13-straight appearances. He has a 0.96 ERA in 20 appearances since his June 1 recall from Triple-A Louisville.
*The Reds bullpen pitched three scoreless innings without allowing a hit, although Nick Masset walked two in the eighth and Francisco Cordero walked one in the ninth.
*Brandon Phillips made a beauty of a leaping catch in the sixth to take a hit away from Cristian Guzman.
*In their last four games, Reds pitchers have allowed 17 hits. (four in each of last three games). In the last six games, starting pitchers have allowed seven runs over 40 innings.
More quotes –
“I don’t think it’s been a big deal on this team. This is team is doing a great job with adversity. You saw us with a four-game losing streak into the break. We came right back and got some games with Colorado. This team is real good at bouncing back. I think that’s a real big characteristic in a team that has to go late into the season.” — Jonny Gomes on coming back from Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Rockies.
“He’s been a godsend to this team. He’s a baseball player. He knows how to play, he’s fundamentally sound and he does most things correct most of the time.” — Dusty Baker on Miguel Cairo
“He comes to play every day. That play he made out in left field that was an outstanding play and Jonny’s a very excitable man and he excites everybody else around him, the fans, me, you, guys on the team and everybody. It’s great to have Jonny.” — Baker on Gomes.
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The Reds’ 12-0 win over the Cubs certainly qualified as one of the oddest games I’ve seen all year. It was a 1-0 game through six innings.
As I watched Ryan Dempster retire 13 in a row while the Reds had only two hits and one run through six innings, I could see frustrated Reds fans take to Twitter and complain, a lot.
No one was whining after the top of the seventh. It took around 35 minutes and nine runs scored — while only three hits were notched. The Cubs did most of the work for the Reds by allowing six walks, one passed ball and one error.
*The biggest walk was Arroyo’s four-pitch free pass that ended Dempster’s day. That one opened the gates and began the rout.
*Arroyo had only 89 pitches through six innings but the long seventh iced him long enough to have to come out. He, Logan Ondrusek and Micah Owings combined for a two-hit shutout.
“I knew it was probably going to be a close game for a while because Dempster has been throwing the ball good all year,” Arroyo said. “Luckily for me, we got a chance to break it up and give me a kind of a days’ rest where I could take two innings off and get ready for my next one.”
*Joey Votto hit his 19th homer of the season in the eighth. That moved into a tie for the NL lead with Pujols, who plays later tonight.
*It’s hard to believe that on Thursday, the Reds notched 16 hits over 10 innings and scored only three runs. What a country.
*The Reds have won three in a row and nine of the last 11.
Some trivia –
*Five different Reds hitters each had two RBIs.
*Gomes ans Bruce scored twice in the seventh. That hasn’t happened for this team since Felipe Lopez and Sean Casey did it on Aug. 5, 2004 at San Francisco.
*The nine-run seventh was the Reds’ most in a single inning since scoring 10 against Arizona on Aug. 19, 2005.
*The six walks were the most in an inning since August 10, 2005 against the Cubs at Wrigley.
*At the halfway point of 81 games, the Reds are 45-35. This time last year, they were 40-41.
More quotes that didn’t make my MLB.com story –
“We feel good about where we’re at. Everybody is swinging the bat well. Hopefully we’ll get good pitching the rest of the series and continue on in New York and Philly.” — Bronson Arroyo
“We’ve been in games like that with our pitchers. They keep us in the game. Starting pitchers are doing a heck of a job, that’s for sure. If they’ll be patient, we’ll be patient. We’ll come out on the better half in the end.” — Jonny Gomes on the early pitchers’ duel
“We have a tough 81 games to come down the stretch. We just want to finish strong, No. 1, and hopefully pick up a couple of games in the meantime. Every game we win now is one last game on the schedule.” — Dusty Baker
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The Reds have bullpen reinforcements for Tuesday’s game vs. STL.
RHP Mike Lincoln went to the disabled list with a straight right latissimus dorsi muscle (on his side). RHP Carlos Fisher was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Both guys got pummeled yesterday and Lincoln allowed 12 runs over his last 7 2/3 innings.
Recalled from Louisville were relievers Enerio Del Rosario and Logan Ondrusek
1B Joey Votto is back in the Reds lineup as well…
*Dusty Baker said that Lincoln had been dealing with this injury for a while.
“He doesn’t complain, alibi or cry about anything,” Baker said. “Last year, he had that neck problem. He had been on the DL so much in his career, that’s the last thing he wanted to do. When he gets healthy, he still has good stuff.”
*Ondrusek had eight of his last 10 outings at Louisville be scoreless but was roughed up for four runs in the two other games. He believed he made some adjustments to be back better this time.
“It’s just making sure I’m locating the fastball early, and getting ahead,” Ondrusek said. That’s the big thing where I got hurt here. I was falling behind and having to throw more over the plate. Guys just started crushing me.”
*It was asked why Jared Burton wasn’t considered for the call-up. Burton had four-straight scoreless outings for Louisville…but had only had five outings since coming off the DL.
“Burt is throwing the ball but they thought he needed some more time,” Baker said. He hasn’t been back that long. It might have been Burt if he was pitching more. He has to get his endurance up. They say he’s looking pretty close to where he was last year. We want him all the way back.”
*Homer Bailey threw from 120 feet today. He is scheduled to have a bullpen session on Thursday. He hoped to return to start when he is eligible to come off the DL June 8.
*Sam LeCure was amped for his start on Wednesday, his second in the big leagues. He grew up a couple hours away in a small town near Jefferson City, MO. He already has 20 tickets set aside for family, and expected more people to attend.
“I even thought to myself after the first one, I might even be a little more nervous for the second one,” LeCure said. Growing up in this area – not that I was necessarily a Cardinals fan – it was always a dream to play in this stadium.”
*Here’s some interesting info — Baker’s teams are 88-90 all time vs. Tony LaRussa, entering today.
SF vs STL, 34-32
Cubs vs STL, 37-34
CIN vs STL, 17-24
*In the 2002 NLCS, the Giants defeated the Cardinals, 4-1, which pushes Baker ahead 92-91.
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The Reds’ 20-game stretch is really starting to take its toll on their bullpen, which was pummeled after Bronson Arroyo’s short 4 1/3 inning day during a 12-4 loss.
Carlos Fisher allowed four runs and Mike Lincoln allowed one, plus one of the inherited runners from Fisher to score.
The bullpen has a 6.32 ERA (15 ER, 21 1/3 innings) over the last eight games.
Baker let Fisher bat for himself in the top of the sixth in an attempt to preserve the bullpen some. In the bottom of the sixth, Fisher faced five batters and let four reach – including two on walks. That turned into five runs and the game was out of reach for the Reds.
Over his last 7 2/3 innings in six appearances, Lincoln has allowed 12 runs.
In case you’re wondering about bullpen help –
*RHP Enerio Del Rosario must stay at Triple-A Louisville before a recall for at least 10 days, by rule, unless there is an injury.
*Jared Burton entered today with four-straight scoreless appearances for Louisville.
*Logan Ondrusek had scoreless outings in eight of his last 10 appearances but was tapped for four runs in each of the other two games.
*GM Walt Jocketty went into Baker’s office right after reporters left. Good bet they were talking relievers.
“It’s a possibility. I’m going to talk to Walt today,” Baker said to reporters. “Those guys have been throwing a lot.”
The good —
*In the top of the first on Scott Rolen’s single to center field, Brandon Phillips noticed Colby Rasmus take his time retrieving the ball. Phillips sped into another gear and took third base while Rolen went to second on the throw. Jonny Gomes’ single brought both runners home for a 2-0 lead.
*Daniel Ray Herrera had a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning.
The not so good —
*Never a fan of rain delays but this one was handled quite well. The grounds crew and umpires anticipated the storm and had the tarp on before the rain fell. The game was delayed an hour, but it might have been worse if they tried to play through some of the rain.
*Arroyo’s four-pitch walk to pitcher Jamie Garcia with two outs in the fourth after play resume proved to be a killer, and led to three St. Louis runs.
“The only two fresh guys we had are Lincoln and Herrera. We have two tough days left here and we didn’t want to go through your whole bullpen today and be really stretched out tomorrow and have the young kid [Sam LeCure] going Wednesday.” — Dusty Baker
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It seemed like only a matter of time some help for the bullpen was summoned.
The Reds optioned rookie reliever Logan Ondrusek to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. Carlos Fisher was recalled from Louisville to take his place.
Ondrusek made the team out of Spring Training with 10 scoreless innings, but had some rough outings once the regular season started. In nine appearances, he had an 11.25 ERA with 12 hits and five walks over eight innings.
Fisher has worked eight scoreless innings for Louisville with only one hit allowed among the 24 batters he’s faced. He’s walked one and struck out eight.
*Dusty Baker wasn’t too chatty when the topic of Aaron Harang came up. From the sound of it, it doesn’t appear that Harang will be moved out of the rotation.
“I can’t tell you before I talk to him,” Baker said. “Plus, we’re talking about it but this guy is getting paid handsomely to be a starter. At this point, who do you have to take his place? And we need him to win. It’s four starts. If it was 14 starts, it’d be a different thing.”
*Drew Stubbs was moved down to seventh. Stubbs is in a 0-for19 funk with 10 Ks.
“It takes a little pressure off of him. Plus when you’re struggling and you’re leading off, you’re prone for 0-for-5 in a minute. They add up quickly because you come up more than anybody in the game.”
*A Stubbs, Dickerson, Bruce outfield should cover lots and lots of ground, right?
“When we’re not playing as well as we should, you have to go with your best defensive team out there, especially with a guy like Leake that throws strikes,” Baker said. “They’re going to put it into play.”
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