Mike Leake has been the best pitcher in the NL as of recently, that was until Friday night. Seattle came into Cincinnati Friday night winners in 5 of their last 10. Cincinnati struggling lately winners of 4 of their last 10. Seattle would leave GABP Friday night victorious 4-2.
Former Red Aaron Harang was on the mound for Seattle. Harang has 112 starts on the mound at GABP making him pretty comfortable in this ballpark and it showed. Harang went 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and only 2 earned runs. Handing the ball to his bullpen in the 7th who carried the great pitching to the end and scoring a 4-2 win.
Mike Leake who has been great for the Reds recently struggled Friday night. Unfortunately Leake only went 5 innings in a game where Dusty Baker was hoping he would be able to go 7-8 innings. Leake gave up 4 earned runs as on only 5 hits. The downfall for Leake Friday was the long ball. Seattle took Leake deep twice resulting in 3 runs. Take those homers away and its a Reds win.
The offense for Cincinnati is slowly finding its legs again. It’s always said that you must walk before you can run and with a team that wasn’t even walking two weeks ago its good to at least be getting hits.
Joey Votto continues to be the leader of the Reds offense in terms of getting on base and his average. Votto is batting .325 with a .433 OBP those are the third and second best percentages in baseball.
Devin Mesoraco has recently started to hit as well, thats a good thing for Reds fans as the Reds front office envisions Mesoraco becoming the everyday catcher in the future. Mesoraco has gone 5 for 8 over his last three starts. If he can keep that up he will likely be seeing more time behind the plate.
Cincinnati and Seattle square off again today at 4:10 at GABP. Mat Latos (7-2) takes on Jeremy Bonderman (1-2). Although looking outside if this rain doesn’t stop there will be no baseball today.