Jul 10, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Cincinnati Reds right fielderJay Bruce
(32) is congratulated by left fielderMarlon Byrd
(9) after his second inning home run in a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
W: Mike Leake (6-5, 4.08)
L: David Phelps (4-5, 3.86)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (18)
With only two games left until the All-Star break, where the Cincinnati Reds are expected to become sellers of some of their top talent, it was a nice win for the Reds today.
With only one run of support, Mike Leake was absolutely dealing tonight. Leake took a no-hit bid into the fifth inning and was blowing away the Marlins batters all night. Leake ended up pitching eight strong innings and allowed no runs, only giving up three hits and one walk while striking out ten batters, all swinging.
Leake looked especially good against the starting NL second basemen for the All-Star game and current MLB hit leader, Dee Gordon. Gordon struck out three times tonight and had no answer for Leake’s cutter. After a couple of rough starts, it was great to see Leake get a win tonight.
The Reds’ offense collected seven hits and two walks, but were only able to score one run, a solo second deck home run off the bat of Jay Bruce (his 13th of the year), who also had a double and a walk this evening. Bruce has been heating up lately and has batted .292 this week.
With a one run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Reds turned to All-Star Aroldis Chapman to close out the game. Chapman allowed one hit but struck out the side to give the Reds their 39th win of the season. With this win, the Reds still find themselves 16 games behind the first place St. Louis Cardinals and 6.5 games from a wild card spot.
Up Next: The Cincinnati Reds will be back at Marlins Park tomorrow when Raisel Iglesias takes the mound for the Reds. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaco reported that the Marlins will not start Mat Latos tomorrow due to an injured foot, and that Adam Conley will be called up to replace Latos. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 pm EST.
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