Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
W: M. Minor (4-2)
L: M. Leake (2-2)
–Mike Leake was very good today. He would have had an excellent start if he hadn’t come out for the eighth.
–Homers from Bruce and Cozart, two players we’d all like to see get going.
–Bullpen fail today.
–I firmly believe this loss is entirely on Dusty Baker. There was no reason to send Leake out in the eighth. And that’s not second guessing. There are plenty of people who were mystified when he stayed in. Start the 8th with Marshall, Chapman or Broxton in the ninth. Then extras assuming the Bruce homer. Yeah, the Reds could have scored more, but that was a good pitcher today and Baker did not maximize the Reds chances to win.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.