CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 15: Mike Leake #44 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on April 15, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Game 2 notes/observations
*Pitching, defense, power, hits, contact, stolen bases…clearly this team ____________.
*Reds put the ball in play, put pressure on Pirates: only 4 K, 15 hits, 4 BB, 3 SB…and played long ball…2 HR.
*26 runs in last 24 innings. Wait for it….I’ve always loved this offense.
*Reds will go for their first series win Wednesday. For the first time in last four series, they won't be playing final game to avoid a sweep.
*Reds have gone 20 consecutive games since winning back to back games, September 22-23 of last year.
*Jonathan Broxton had 'em all the way in the 9th...working around a 2B and BB and getting McCutchen to end the game....in an 8 pitch AB.
*Broxton's 1st save since September 19, 2012 vs Cubs at Wrigley.
*Boxscore stuffer: Leake at plate 2 hits, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI Leake on mound: career high 8 K, error, hit batter
*Leake’s previous 8 K game came 74 regular season starts ago.
*Leake’s 8 K ties career high…July 3, 2011 vs Indians.
*It was almost worth it to see Pirates tie the game in the 9th so they could bring Stolmy Pimentel out of the bullpen…almost.
*Top 3 in this batting order for Reds hitting .300+
*Votto 4 for 4……2 broken bat singles. Had two 4 hit games last year, April 20 vs Marlins and May 18 vs Philly.
*Love watching Mesoraco adjust and hit ball where pitched…spraying all over. 3 hits, 2 RBI. He's hit in all 6 games, 4 multi-hit games, 3 multi-RBI games, run in 5 games.
*Bruce and Cozart only regulars to not join the 15 hit parade.
*Beep beep…..zooooooom…..ouuuuut..Billy caught stealing.
*All Neil Walker does is hit HR vs Reds …Walker, Texas Long Ball.
*Clearly The Wooo was taunting me.
*Reds end Gerrit Cole’s streak of 10 consecutive quality starts.
*5 runs allowed by Cole a career high, in his 22 ML start.
*Last 2 years Bruce has walked 9.8% and 9.0% of plate appearances…entered tonight at 20.4%.
*2 SB in 12 games for Heisey this year, had 3 in 87 games last year.
*Clearly Simon and Leake need to be moved up in the batting order.
*Cozart career .214 hitter in April, hit .208 last April…..Hit .264 after April last year and .248 after April for career.
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 15: Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds hits a single in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on April 15, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)