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Mike "Godzilla" Leake
finally received his fifth win of the season on Saturday against the
pitching seven innings (7H, 0BB, 5K) of one-run ball. The rookie has put
together quality starts for the Reds ten times over his eleven starts and
has posted a 2.22 ERA on the season. The undefeated right-hander is
undoubtedly the best pitcher in the Reds rotation.
thing about him is he pitches to the situation," Baker said. "If he needs a
double play, he throws his best double-play pitch. If he needs a strikeout,
heíll go for the strikeout. Thatís tough to teach. Most guys donít learn
that until far into their careers."
Avoiding their third straight loss, the Reds defeated the Nationals 5-1 on
Saturday. Joey Votto and Orlando Cabrera each had two hits and a RBI while
Mr. Leake helped himself out, as he usually does, going 2-3 and scoring a
run. Leake became the first Reds' pitcher to have a four-game hitting streak
since Bobby Livingston's in 2007. Godzilla can do it all.
Reds' second baseman Brandon Phillips added some
hysteria during the eighth inning. After driving in Orlando Cabrera with
a single, Phillips went to third on a wild pitch with Joey Votto at the
plate. Phillips was clearly out at third, but the Nationals' Ian Desmond
unintentionally clogged the base-path and was called for interference. After
Votto walked, Scott Rolen hit a ball to short. Phillips aggressively charged
home, bulldozing over National's catcher Luis Nieves as he blocked the
plate. Nieves dropped the ball and Phillips scored causing him to beat his
chest in celebration. During the bottom of the eighth, Phillips was drilled
by a Miguel Batista pitch. Batista was promptly ejected by umpire Joe West. "I
just go out there and play the game of baseball the way I know how,"
Phillips said. "I just play with a lot of excitement. I didnít see nothing
wrong with what I did. If people think I did something wrong, I apologize to
whoever thinks so, but itís baseball."
Bronson Arroyo (5-3, 4.92) will face Craig Stammen (1-2, 5.88) and the
Washington Nationals at 1:35pm on Sunday.