A day after he was anointed as one of the five starters coming out of spring training, Mike Leake didn't pitch like a guy with a lot of job security.

He got lit up to the tune of seven runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Not exactly a confidence builder going into the season. But Leake downplayed the results after the beating he took.

"I felt a little too good today," he said. "I was just missing a little bit. I wasn't putting it exactly where I wanted."

Leake walked four. He also fell behind in count. He gave up home runs on 3-1 and 2-1 counts.

"I don't like to walk people," he said. "I was trying to go out there and throw more strikes, but in reality I was trying a little too hard. That came back to bite me a little bit."

Reds manager Dusty Baker saw it a lot like Leake did.

"They were near strikes," Baker said. "They were a ball or two off. They weren't way off. He was just off enough that the umpire couldn't give him strikes. From over there, they looked like strikes. I asked (catcher Ryan Hanigan). He said they were a ball off.

"When you're off like that, you have to come down the middle and then they whack it. Actually it looked like he was throwing too hard for him. Usually he takes something off and it sinks. He didn't have the movement."

All that happy talk aside, the Reds have to be concerned with Leake. He's allowed 15 runs in 15 1/3 innings this spring. Of his five outings, one was decent. He threw four scoreless innings after the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.