Now that’s what I’m talking about.
Mike Leake finally had an outing that was, without qualification, good. And Todd “The Crane” Frazier did what Scott Rolen cannot, and launched two home runs–a solo shot and a two-run homer–to propel the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-3 victory over the New York Mets.
Leake’s final line was 6 innings, 1 earned run, 7 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. The bullpen trio of Jose Arredondo, Aroldis Chapman, and Sean Marshall entered the game after that to shut the Mets down while the offense battled back.
In many ways, that 4-run 8th inning is something that it feels like the Reds should put together at least once almost every game. It was very, very nice to see it tonight. I hope that Dusty Baker can stay out of the way enough to let it happen again tomorrow and get the Reds the sweep of the short series when Mat Latos starts against R. A. Dickey at 1:10pm EDT.