Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: M. Leake (3-2)
L: A. Sanabia (2-6)
–What about that Shin-Soo Choo? Choo went 4-5 with two homers, three runs scored, and two RBI. That’s nine homers on the season for Choo, who’s hitting .322/.465/.589. Yeah, he’s good.
–Another good outing by a Reds starter: Mike Leake pitched 6.2 scoreless innings. Sean Marshall and Sam LeCure continued their good work in relief, as well.
–Joey Votto (base on balls, RBI), Brandon Phillips (double, RBI), and Jay Bruce (double) had two hits apiece. Heck, even Cesar Izturis had a double and a walk.
–So…this series is going pretty well, huh? Two straight outstanding performances against the Marlins, who are almost an actual major league baseball team!
–That’s five wins in a row, and nine of eleven, for the mighty Redlegs. Cincinnati is now 24-16; they didn’t reach eight games over .500 last year until June 2.
–Only three teams in the majors have won more games than the Reds.
Marshall may be the best pitcher on this staff.
— Chris Garber (@cgarber8) May 16, 2013
Chapman’s 5th appearance in last 13 games. Only two of those in save situations. #Closer
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 16, 2013
With Leake’s start tonight, every pitcher who has started a game for the Reds has an ERA better than league average.
— Jason Linden (@JasonLinden) May 16, 2013
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