It was a match up of inconsistent Mike Leake for the Cincinnati Reds and Cy Young Award front runner, All-StarRA Dickey of the New York Mets Wednesday night at GABP. On paper, the odds were that the Mets would win. The odds were wrong as Leake was masterful and Dickey was very hittable and the Reds won the second game of their three-game series 6-1.
Leake (5-7) was, in a word, brilliant. There is no other way to describe it. He pitched a complete game 4 hitter. The lone run he surrendered came on a double play in the 4th inning. Other than that inning, the Mets could really do nothing against him.
At the dish, the Cincinnati Reds lit up Dickey. The pounded out 10 hits, 3 of which were homeruns. These were not barely clearing the fence homeruns. They were blasts. Todd Frazier (15), Jay Bruce (24) and Scott Rolen (6) unloaded on Dickey and sent shots that would have been out in any ballpark in baseball, not just a GABP homerun. All told, the Cincinnati Reds had 13 hits against Mets pitching.
Devin Mesoraco was the only Red to not pick up a hit. Bruce, Rolen, Zack Cozart each finished with 2 hits. Frazier continued his hot streak with 3 hits for the night. He has hit safely in the last 6 games (5 of those games were multiple hit games).
The two teams will square off again on Thursday as the Cincinnati Reds go for the sweep. They will send out Homer Bailey. He is looking to pick up his 11th win of the season.
On a side note that is worth mentioning. The Cincinnati Reds reached 70 wins Tuesday evening’s win against the Mets. That was the fastest the Reds had reached 70 wins since the 1976. Let’s hope that this season turns out just as good as that one. I do like the looks of this version of the Big Red Machine.