Mike Leake, fresh off being anointed a spot in the Cincinnati Reds’ starting rotation thanks to Johnny Cueto’s injury, turned in a stinker of a start. In 2 1/3 innings, Leake allowed 7 runs–all earned. He walked four and struck out 2 and couldn’t make it through the 3rd inning. It was ugly.
John Fay got this nice quote from Leake about his outing.
“I felt a little too good today,” he said. “I was just missing a little bit. I wasn’t putting it exactly where I wanted.”
I hope he never feels that good once the season starts.
The Reds’ offense did make it respectable, actually coming through and scoring more than Leake allowed. Joey Votto went 3 for 5 with a 2-run home run and 4 runs driven in. Jonny Gomes also homered on the way to the Reds scoring 8.
The bullpen regulars were solid, with Francisco Cordero, Nick Masset, and Aroldis Chapman all pitching scoreless innings. All the other runs the Reds allowed came from minor leaguers with no chance of staying the the team.
It would be nice for the offense if the season started sooner than later. Reds batters are firing on all cylinders right now.