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Mike Leake Helps Reds Extend Winning Streak at Wrigley

Last night it was a dozen runs. Today, the Reds made it a dozen straight wins against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Shall we rename the Friendly Confines as GABP North?

Today’s game had a different feel compared to last night’s. Through the first four innings, the Reds had nary a base runner and nary a hit. A Todd Frazier walk and a Cesar Izturis infield single would break the drought in the 5th.

And until the Reds portion of the 5th, the Cubs held a 1-0 lead on a Nate Schierholtz solo shot. That’s all the scoring the Cubs would do on this day. That would be the only mistake Reds starter Mike Leake would allow.

For only the fourth time in 13 starts this season, Leake threw over 100 pitches with 103. Leake permitted only two other hits aside from the Schierholtz homer. He walked only one and struck out six Cubbies, including striking out the side in the 7th and 5 of the last 6 outs he recorded. He recorded more groundouts (7) than flyouts (5), a sight we’re used to seeing from Leake these days.

Leake’s ERA is now down to 2.76, best among the Reds starters not named Johnny Cueto.

The Reds first run came on a two-out single off the bat of Brandon Phillips. Their second and final run of the game was due to yet another Todd Frazier one-handed home run. Just enough runs for Leake’s effort.

With today’s win, the Reds become the third team to amass 40 wins this season. Unfortunately, one of those teams is the Cardinals who have 42 wins. The other is Boston who have 40 Ws, same as the Good Guys.

Go for the four-game series sweep tomorrow with Mat Latos getting the call.

One last thing. Could someone at Wrigley please find the means to stop the squeak that comes from the visiting manager’s office chair every time it’s moved?

Tags: Chicago Cubs Cincinnati Reds

  • beeker

    I got to thinking recently about all of the crowing that STL fans have been doing about how the Reds can’t beat the good teams and that they are feasting on teams like the Cubs. And it is true that they have struggled against winning teams. And that the bullpen has been shaky this year. And that the bats have gone cold collectively at times. And that they are way too prone to stop scoring after getting an early lead. I think it is fair to say that the reds are not hitting on all cylinders right now.

    At the same time, they are chasing a STL team that is playing out of their minds. They are tops in runs/game, team BA, and an insane team BA w/ RISP (as we heard endlessly over the weekend). They are getting crazy good pitching out of a bunch of call-up pitchers. Everything is breaking their way right now.

    And yet STL only leads the Reds by 2.5 games this morning.

    STL fans had better pray that their boys can continue to play well above league average for the next four months. If they slip much at all, or if the Reds can iron out their bullpen, things could change quickly.