Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Chicago 1
Cincinnati 3
WP: Masset (1-0)
LP: Grabow (0-2)
S: Cordero (2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Mike Leake! Making his major league debut, Leake — last year’s first round draft pick — calmed his nerves and dazzled everyone by giving up only 1 run and four hits over 6.2 innings. His pitches were moving all over the place, and it was something to watch. This kid has a very bright future ahead of him.

–Oh yeah, Leake had two hits, as well! In fact, when he left the game, Leake had two hits and the rest of the Reds only had one combined. Welcome to Cincinnati, Mike Leake…get used to that lack of run support.

–Scott Rolen was 2-2 with two walks and a run scored. Every time I see him bat, I think about how good Rolen would look in the second spot in the lineup. Too bad Dusty thinks that it is mandatory for the SS to hit second.

–Nice outing by CoCo for the save.

–A series win over the Cubs and the Reds are back to .500. Those are definitely positives.

NEGATIVES
–TOS* I’m just not sure how this team is going to score enough runs to be competitive in the long run. I hope I’m wrong about that.

–It wasn’t all roses for Leake, as he walked seven guys. That’s an aberration, though; Leake’s calling card is his command, so I’m chalking up today’s walks to a case of the nerves in his big league debut.

ETC.
–Leake jogged out to the mound in the first inning to begin his major league debut, then proceeded to load the bases with no outs. Ordinary mortals would have had problems in that scenario. Not Leake, who promptly retired three in a row to escape the jam without a single run scoring. He’s Batman.

–The Reds go on the road to play the Marlins now. It’s Cincinnati’s first road trip of the year, obviously, and it’ll be fun to see how the guys respond.

–Leake wasn’t the only young pitcher making his debut today. Aroldis Chapman made his first start for AAA Louisville, and the outing was an unqualified success: 4.2 innings, 5 hits, no earned runs, nine strikeouts, and only one walk. Nice.

–What a day for Reds fans, with Aroldis Chapman and Mike Leake making their debuts. If you can’t get excited about this, you’re too jaded.

–We don’t have a Mike Leake sombrero yet (I’m counting on one of you to spend an evening photoshopping some Reds players into sombreros), so we’ll go with Rolen today. Celebrate, Scotty!

*This Offense Stinks