Cubs hitters were out of their Leake
Today was a perfect day for baseball at Great American Ball Park. A 3-1 Reds victory over the Cubs made it even better. The win meant the Reds took the series and finish the homestand 3-3.
The story of the day was the Major League debut of Mike Leake. The young right-hander had a shaky start, loading the bases with nobody out in the first inning. After a visit from his pitching coach, Leake proceeded to get out of the jam without giving up a run.
Leake lasted 6 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and a run. He struggled with his control, as shown by the seven walks. He also recorded five strikeouts.
Whether or not you are a first round draft pick, making your first professional appearance is a big deal. His performance in the first inning quickly showed that he belongs in Cincinnati.
The Cubs must have been impressed as well. Leading by a run in the bottom of the sixth, Chicago pulled their infield in when the Reds had a runner at third with one out. You don’t do that at that point of the game unless you are concerned about scoring another run.
The Reds took the lead in the bottom of the eighth on a bases loaded walk to Ramon Hernandez. Jonny Gomes added some insurance with a sacrifice fly. Nick Masset was credited with the win and Francisco Cordero picked up the save.
The real story was the outstanding performance of Leake. Along with his performance on the mound, he banged out two hits. He left the mound to a well-deserved round of applause in the seventh.