Get this out of the way right off the bat.
In Mike Leake‘s last two outings, he has faced two of the poorer offenses in the National League. In his last outing, he faced the Miami Marlins who are last in the NL in many offensive categories. Tonight, it was the New York Mets. The Metropolitans do score at a higher rate (6th in the NL at 4.21 runs per game) than the Marlins (last with 2.71 runs per game), but Leake put forth a far better effort on this night.
Leake’s line: 7 IP, 3 hits, no runs, 2 walks and 4 punch outs. He threw 99 pitches and coaxed 11 groundouts from Mets batters. The only inning where New York threatened was in the 4th, but a potential error in judgment (good for the Reds though) was third base coach Tim Teufel holding Lucas Duda after a double by John Buck. The way the ball was returning to the infield, it was highly doubtful any play at the plate was forthcoming.
Ah, and the Mets Ike Davis ended the inning with a groundout to Votto.
Over his last two outings, Leake has lowered his ERA from 4.32 to 3.25. In fact, if you look at the ERA for all Reds starters, it’s pretty darn good.
Here’s your peek:
Latos – 2.91
Bailey – 3.09
Cueto – 3.22
Leake – 3.25
Cingrani – 3.27
Arroyo – 3.28
The only offense the Reds needed came in the game’s first inning…and two outs.
Joey Votto walked. You know what that means. Brandon Phillips would single putting runners at first and second. Jay Bruce would walk, loading the bases for Todd Frazier. ToddFather scorched a grounder that found its way through the legs of David Wright, resulting in a pair of runs. They weren’t done.
This evening’s starter in left field was Donald Lutz. Lutz would trickle a ball toward second base and beat the throw from Daniel Murphy. Bases loaded once more. The final run came on a free pass to Devin Mesoraco.
That’s all the scoring for the Good Guys until the top of the 9th when Mesoraco knocked home run #2 on the season. Maybe he likes the 9th inning. Mes also had 2 RBI in the game.
The Redlegs are now 10 games over .500 with a 28-18 record and are assured of winning the series.