Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
Chicago (NL) 1
W: M. Leake (6-3)
L: T. Wood (5-5)
S: A. Chapman (17)
–Mike Leake’s excellent season continues. Today, Leake pitched eight very strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk, with six strikeouts. The bum went 0-3 at the plate, though.
–Todd Frazier went 1-3 with a walk and the 7th-inning homer that provided Cincinnati’s winning margin. Brandon Phillips had a walk and an RBI single. Shin-Soo Choo and Derrick Robinson each doubled.
–Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect ninth.
–And the beat rolls on. That’s twelve straight wins for the Reds at Wrigley Field. The Reds have won 25 of their last 31 overall against the fuzzy cubbies. That’s crazy.
–How difficult is winning twelve in a row at a particular stadium? Well (see below), the Reds have never won twelve in a row at GAB.
–Leake is now 6-3 with a 2.76 ERA. Not bad for a fifth starter, eh?
–Our old friend Travis Wood pitched a pretty good game, too, but not quite good enough.
–Dusty Baker moved Choo down to #2 in the order, and elevated Derrick Robinson to the leadoff spot. Don’t ask me to explain why.
#Reds are 40-26, fastest Reds team to 40 wins since 1995
— ctrent (@ctrent) June 12, 2013
The longest winning streak at GABP for the #Reds is 9. It happened in May, 2008.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) June 12, 2013
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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