The Cincinnati Reds broke their short 2-game losing streak against the New York Mets. And they did it their favorite way: in their last at bat.
Mike Leake started for the Reds and was his usual phenomenal rookie self. Leake went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs, 1 earned. He struck out 4 and walked 1, which is a good sign. At the start of the season, his walks were way up. Leake’s ERA is at a beautiful 2.94. I seem to recall Johnny Cueto starting his big league career with similar success. Hopefully, Leake will be able to adjust once the hitters do.
After Leake, the bullpen took over, and unlike against the Cardinals, actually helped the Reds win. They allowed no Mets runs, which sent the game into extra innings until the offense could figure out how to score.
With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th, Laynce Nix stepped to the plate and delivered. He hit a home run just over a leaping Jeff Francoeur and ran around the bases for his congratulation at home plate.