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Game 158: Reds @ Pirates (7:05 EDT). Leake vs. McPherson.

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Good luck following THAT.

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Saturday, Sep 29, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
PNC Park

Mike Leake vs Kyle McPherson

Coverage

TV: FSO-HD, ROOT-HD; RADIO: WLW, KDKA; WEB: MLB.tv, Gameday Audio, Gameday

Weather

Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 0-5 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Reds' pitching takes a 9 inning streak of hit-less baseball into tonight's game.

Last night was a lot of fun, not the least because Homer is one of the few Reds who has been around for essentially the entire time Red Reporter has existed. We've charted his progress since he was a teenager in the lowest levels of the minor league system. Last night was the pinnacle of his career in what we might as well call his breakout season, deferred.

The Reds are probably going to have to lean more heavily on their pitching in the post-season, especially if that old saw is true. So let's not go blowing our wad with a bunch of no-hitters and perfect games before the playoffs. Let's just hope the Reds pitching isn't peaking a little too early. We know the bats aren't, so that's good (bad).

Mike Leake Stats Kyle McPherson
4.73 (88)
ERA (ERA+) 3.54 (109)
1.358
WHIP 1.279
2.97
K/BB 2.67
173.0
IP 20.1

REDS LINEUP

Wilson Valdez (R) 2B
Zack Cozart (R) SS
Joey Votto (L) 1B
Scott Rolen (R) 3B
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Chris Heisey (R) LF
Dioner Navarro (S) C
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Mike Leake (R) P

PIRATES LINEUP

Alex Presley (L) LF
Josh Harrison (R) 2B
Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
Garrett Jones (L) RF
Gaby Sanchez (R) 1B
Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
Michael McKenry (R) C
Clint Barmes (R) SS
Kyle McPherson (R) P

Bullpen Log

Reliever September Season totals
Aroldis Chapman 5.2 IP, 103 pitches
69.2 IP, 1165 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 12.0 IP, 196 pitches
56.2 IP, 895 pitches
Sean Marshall 9.1 IP, 149 pitches
59.1 IP, 988 pitches
Jose Arredondo 6.0 IP, 109 pitches
59 IP, 1048 pitches
Sam LeCure 8.1 IP, 135 pitches
55.2, 912 pitches
Alfredo Simon 5.0 IP, 103 pitches 59.0 IP, 972 pitches
J.J. Hoover 6.2 IP, 123 pitches
63.2 IP (AAA+MLB)
Logan Ondrusek 6.1 IP, 108 pitches 57.2 IP (MLB+AAA)
Tony Cingrani 4.0 IP, 82 pitches 61.0 IP (A+, AA + MLB)
Todd Redmond 0 IP, 0 pitches 152.0 IP (AAA + MLB)
Pedro Villareal 1.0 IP, 12 pitches 149.2 IP (AA, AAA + MLB)