Mike Leake is a BAMF, Reds win 5-3

If you aren’t sure what a BAMF is, check out Dane Cook’s Retaliation. After learning the definition, I think you will agree with me. Mike Leake is a BAMF.

One of the biggest obstacles that a young pitcher faces is when he takes the mound against a team for the second time. Major League hitters are able to pick up on tendencies and make adjustments.

Leake made his Major League debut on Apr. 11 against the Chicago Cubs. He turned in a quality start, pitching into the seventh inning while only allowing four hits and one run.

Yesterday, the Cubs were back at Great American Ball Park to face Leake. Was he able to counter any adjustments the Cubs’ hitters might have made? I would say so.

“Last start, he was really commanding on the outer part of the plate,” Cubs second baseman Ryan Theriot said. “This start, he was a little bit different. He came in a few times. It took him a while to get to his breaking pitches last start, and this start it didn’t. He’s got a lot of poise. He made good pitches when he had to.”

Leake took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He gave up three runs in the seventh, but was taken off the hook when Joey Votto blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning to give the Reds the lead. The 5-3 advantage would hold thanks to a scoreless eighth by Nick Masset and ninth by Francisco Cordero.

Cordero earned his 10th save of the season. With the victory, Leake is now 3-0 with a 3.10 earned run average.

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