National League Game Summary - New York at Cincinnati|
(Wednesday, August 15th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 6, New York 1
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Mike Leake tossed his second complete game
of the season, Scott Rolen and Todd Frazier hit back-to-back homers, and the
Cincinnati Reds downed the New York Mets, 6-1, on Wednesday.
Cincinnati was coming off consecutive shutout victories and Leake (5-7)
stretched the club's scoreless innings streak to 28 by retiring the first nine
batters he faced.
In all, the 24-year-old righty gave up four hits, struck out four and did not
issue a walk. He added an RBI single in the sixth inning.
"I was able to hit the glove a lot tonight," said Leake.
Jay Bruce led off that frame with his 24th homer of the season. Brandon
Phillips and Ryan Ludwick each drove in a run for the NL Central leaders, who
have won five in a row and will look for the sweep of this three-game series
R.A. Dickey (15-4) was charged with five runs on 10 hits, including three
homers, over six innings. He walked two and struck out nine. Umpires forced
the right-hander to remove friendship bracelets from his wrist, which he had
been wearing all season after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in January.
Mike Baxter led off the fourth inning with the Mets' first hit -- a single to
the right side of the infield which bounced off the glove of a sliding
Phillips. Ruben Tejada followed with a bloop single to shallow right before
Baxter crossed the plate on Daniel Murphy's double-play groundout.
New York has dropped seven of its last nine games.
"We haven't done much lately and I'm gonna find some guys," said Mets manager
Terry Collins. "Maybe it's time for some breaks for some guys."
Zack Cozart doubled twice and scored on Phillips' first-inning single for a
Bruce led off the fourth with a base hit, but was promptly picked off. Rolen,
who missed the previous five games with a balky back, then sent the next
offering from Dickey -- a fastball -- down the left-field line and into the
"(Dickey) throws about 84 (miles per hour), which is about my bat speed,"
joked Rolen. "Anything over 90, I struggle with."
Two pitches later, Frazier uncorked a blast to center, making it 3-1.
The homer, which was estimated at 474 feet, extended the rookie's hit streak
to six games. He finished 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
In the seventh, Ludwick plated Drew Stubbs with a base hit off of Jeremy
Hefner to cap the scoring.
It was Leake's second career complete game. The other came on June 29 against
the Giants ... Frazier leads NL rookies with 49 RBI this season ... The last
time Dickey gave up five earned runs was in a no-decision against the Atlanta
Braves on July 14 ... Earlier Wednesday, the Mets activated catcher Kelly
Shoppach and optioned catcher Rob Johnson to Triple-A Buffalo. Shoppach was
acquired in a trade with Boston on Tuesday.
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