Mike Leake has had a solid season for the Cincinnati Reds, although he showed on Friday that he’s far from perfect. The Reds right-handed pitcher fell to 7-4 with a 4-2 MLB loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday.
He gave up a two-run homer in the first inning off the bat of Nick Franklin, and that’s all the support the Mariners would need as Aaron Harang frustrated his former-Reds teammates with six strong innings.
Leake gave up two runs in his first four pitches Saturday and that factor is going to cause problems for any team.
Leake has usually been able to fool the batter. But manager Dusty Baker noted afterwards that this wasn’t one of these nights that batters weren’t being caught off guard. Leake, who is considered to have a shot at being on the National League All-Star roster, when it’s announced today, gave up four earned run and five hits, including two homers, over five innings. He walked one and fanned two batters.
In his past nine starts, he came into the game with a 1.31 ERA with nine earned runs in 62 innings. He also entered the game eighth in the league in ERA at 2.52 and third in road ERA at 2.20. But with baseball being such a long season, any pitcher is going to have an off night and this was the case for Leake.
Leake had the ball up too many times and was facing an American League team with several left-handed hitters in the lineup, more so, Baker noted, than he would face against the NL.