The Reds won. For the first time in a week, the Reds scored more runs than the other team. Sure, it was just one run, but that's all the Reds needed, beating the Braves 1-0 on Saturday, ending a seven-game losing streak. Mike Leake helped break the streak by scoring the game's only run and preventing the Braves from scoring in his 6 2/3 innings. During the one hour, 56-minute rain delay to start the game, catcher Brayan Pena said Leake sat coolly at his locker, bat by his side waiting out the start of the game. No other pitcher he knows, Pena noted, sits with a bat during a rain delay instead of a ball. "That's how you know how much he loves hitting," Pena said. "It was fun, it was an amazing performance from him and we really needed that one." But it was Leake and Brandon Phillips who provided the game's lone run, as Leake led off the sixth inning with a double, his fifth extra-base hit of the season. After Billy Hamilton sacrificed Leake over and Skip Schumaker struck out, Phillips drove in the run with a single to left field, scoring Leake easily.
Leake's pitching, offense leads to Reds win over Braves
Cincinnati Enquirer | Aug 24