Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Mike Leake. Remember when our starters were awful? Now they can't help throwing quality starts and going deep into games. Today, Leake threw eight shutout innings, only gave up four hits and a walk, and struck out eight. He also had two hits, including a double and scored a run. Honorable mentions go to Joey Votto (three hits, including a double) and Ryan Hanigan (two hits, two walks, two runs).
- Today was a day that the Giants wished they'd taken Drew Stubbs in the draft. Ok, probably not, but Tim Lincecum was definitely not sharp today. In the second inning, Jay Bruce singled. One out later, he stole second, then moved to third on a wild pitch. Lincecum then walked Fred Lewis for the first of three times. Ryan Hanigan singled and Bruce scored, but then Paul Janish grounded into a double play. Buzzkill. Reds lead, 1-0.
- The Reds had a solid inning in the third as well, but couldn't quite land the killer blow. Mike Leake started things off with a ground rule double, and Drew Stubbs walked for the first of three times. Brandon Phillips bunted, but Leake was nailed at third. Then Joey Votto singled, loading the bases. Jay Bruce grounded out to first, but it was enough to bring in Stubbs. Another wild pitch from Lincecum allowed Phillips to score before Scott Rolen flew out, ending the inning. Reds lead, 3-0.
- The killer blow ended up coming in the fifth inning. Mike Leake once again led off with a hit, this time a single. Drew Stubbs once again walked. This time, Brandon Phillips swung away, and this time he hit a double. Both Leake and Stubbs scored. Joey Votto then doubled, and Phillips scored. Guillermo Mota replaced Tim Lincecum and got Jay Bruce to ground out to first. Votto moved to third, then tagged and scored on Scott Rolen's sacrifice fly. Fred Lewis and Ryan Hanigan then walked before Paul Janish ended the inning with a fly out. Reds lead, 7-0.
- Janish did make some amends in the seventh inning. With two outs, Ryan Hanigan singled, then chuffed all the way home from first with Janish doubled off of Ramon Ramirez. Reds lead, 8-0.
- Javier Lopez pitched the ninth inning for San Francisco and made a bit of a hash of it. With one out, Miguel Cairo walked. Fred Lewis struck out, but then Ryan Hanigan walked and Paul Janish singled to load the bases. Pinch hitter Jonny Gomes and Drew Stubbs drew back to back bases loaded walks (the third and fourth walks of the inning for Lopez) to force in Cairo and Hanigan. Reds lead, 10-0.
- A ten run lead is a pretty good spot to use Carlos Fisher, so he pitched the ninth for Cincinnati. He got one out, then walked pinch hitter Andres Torres and can you believe it? Pat Burrell hit a home run. For all the good it did. Reds win, 10-2.
- Mike Leake had a 21.21 ERA against the Giants in his two previous outings against them.
- Leake is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four starts since returning from AAA.
- Reds batters only had two swings and misses against Lincecum. Drew Stubbs was responsible for both of them.
- Lincecum still has never beaten the Reds.
- Of the ten other Reds players with a plate appearance today, Leake's .280 batting average was higher than seven of them (Votto, Bruce, and Phillips have higher). Only Conor Gillaspie's .286 average was higher for the Giants.
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|WP: Mike Leake (6 - 2)
LP: Tim Lincecum (5 - 5)