After losing 4 of their last 5 the Cincinnati Reds needed to stop the downfall they have been on in recent weeks. The losses have
been abundantly more than the wins lately. They stopped the collapse Wednesday afternoon winning 6-2 in Milwaukee.
Mike Leake took the mound for the Reds, after a shaky start in his last outing Leake started off slow but rebounded quickly. The Reds offense gave Leake a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to a Brandon Phillips RBI. Leake squandered that lead in the bottom of the first though.
After the first Leake settled down and got into a grove that saw him go 8.1IP, giving up only 4 H and 2 runs. An absolutely outstanding outing by the young pitcher. Leake improved his record to 8-2 on the season.
Milwaukee got an bad start out of their starting pitcher Johnny Hellweg who was only able to go 4.1IP while giving up 4 ER. His relief didn’t fair much better as middle relief man Donovan Hand was just as shaky giving up 2ER in 2 innings.
The Reds offense actually showed signs of life today. Scoring 6 runs has been a rarity for this team so far. Zach Cozart once again showed no signs of life, prompting the thought something has to be done with him.
Shin Soo Choo has come to life recently going 3 for 4 today raising his OBP to .418. Joey Votto continues to hit and get on base, his one hit and two walks raised his OBP to .431.
Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce have continued to hit as well. Slowly but surely the offense has started to show life again.
The fact that this team lost 2 of three to a team that isn’t close to being as talented as the Reds has been frustrating to watch. Especially coming off that Seattle series.
After yesterday blanking, nothing but positive things will be said today in hopes that some how the positivity helps the team out.
The Reds now travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves in the 4 game weekend series before the All Star break. Mat Latos (8-2) takes on Tim Hudson (5-7).