Chicago (NL) 0
W: M. Leake (13-8)
L: J. Samardzija (8-12)
–Mike Leake has a solid start today, though he was a little wild. It was good to see after recent struggles. The win gives him a new career high.
–Jack Hannahan got his first homer of the year today, a three-run shot that really put the game away.
–Mes also homered and was 3 for 4 on the day.
–None. Good game. Maybe wish Leake had gone a touch longer, but you know. That’s minor
–Back at the beginning of the year, I spent a lot of time defending Mike Leake. It wasn’t that I thought he was better than Chapman, but that I thought he was a very solid pitcher. And he is. He’ll get close to 200 innings this year, though he won’t quite top it. He makes all of his starts and occasionally has a blow up. He’s a young Bronson, and you can do a lot worse than that. I’m glad the Reds have him.
–If I’d told you the Reds would go 7-3 on this home stand, you would have taken it in a heartbeat. You know you would have. Every loss hurts right now, given how little time there is left to make up ground in the division. Still, this was a very successful stretch overall.
–The Reds now head out on the last road trip of the year. Three in Milwaukee and three in Pittsburgh. Those games against the Pirates should be fun, huh?
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.