Tuesday, September 6, 2011

9/6/11 Cincinnati Reds 4, Chicago Cubs 2

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
Game 2 of 3

I will suspend the shoplifting jokes…as if I had ever participated in them in the first place…but this was Mike Leake’s gem that wasn’t a gem…

Rodrigo Lopez was pretty impressive tonight, and considering the circumstances might have been remembered for a “fairly decent outing”…however, former Reds pitching phenom Mike Leake was decidedly on his way to Reds history, pitching 8 scoreless innings of 1-hit 6K baseball (he threw only 91 pitches, 65 for strikes...that's HUGE), until a 2-out 2 RBI Homer by Bryan LaHair tied the game, forced extra innings, and shut the door on what would have been the outing of Leake’s career.

It was also Bryan LaHair’s first HR as a Cub.

Dave Sappelt and Chris Valaika make their 1st MLB starts; Sappelt goes 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored, Valaika goes 0-for-2 with a walk and leaves the game in the 9th, replaced by Paul Janish.

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