Thursday, June 10, 2010
Reds Lay One on Giants' Collective Faces, Reds 7-6
Today we were also witness to Mike Leake's first borderline poor major league start. He lasted 4 and a 1/3, so it wasn't awful, but he gave up a ton of hits, including several for extra bases to Aubrey Huff, and five runs over the short duration of his start. He should have probably only absorbed four of those runs, but that's what happens when you leave guys on for Del Rosario he unloads them. Though Enerio arguably did his job, inducing a ground ball to Rolen, which he didn't have any interest in fielding, he just loves pushing those so called ducks on the pond, off the pond. But, back to Leake, he's been quite good to this point in the season, so he was due a bad one. The bullpen, with the usual exception of Masset, was solid. Rhodes extended his scoreless streak. I think it's at 300 innings. Maybe we just need to wait for the rest of the bullpen to mature, like some sort of beer/wine combination, and by the time they're 41, they'll be lights out. But as stated, once the Reds caused the dominant Todd Wellemeyer to pull his quad, the offense was on their way and the performance of Leake was forgotten, at least once he was actually out of the game.
Tomorrow the Royals roll into town, looking forward to losing three games to the Central leading Reds. The Reds actually owe them a revenge beating based on the three-game sweep they, the Reds, endured last year. I, fortunately, appear to have suppressed that memory. Reds losses can be very hard on both the body and the soul. So, back on top and the Cardinals are losing like that's what they're paid to do. Nice work boys. Reds! Reds! Reds!