Michael Raymond Leake absolutely dominated the Miami Marlins this evening. Leake pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits, while striking out ten. Leake retired the first ten batters he faced, and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

The Reds offense didn’t do much, but Jay Bruce’s solo home run in the second inning was all they needed. Aroldis Chapman finished off the Marlins in the 9th inning for his 18th save of the season. The Reds improved to 39-45.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (39-45) 1 7 0
Miami Marlins (36-51) 0 4 0
W: Leake (6-5) L: Phelps (4-5) S: Chapman (18)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Jay Bruce’s solo home run in the 2nd inning, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. That home run increased the Reds chances of winning by 11.2% (from 50.0% to 61.2%).

Player of the Game

Mike Leake: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K, 0.95 FIP, 0.61 WPA

Leake was absolutely tremendous. He struck out a season high 10 batters, while walking just 1 batter. I sure hope there were some scouts at this game watching Leake deal. If this somehow ends up being Mike’s last start as a Red, it was a pleasure watching him pitch. When Leake is on his game, it is really awesome to watch. He can paint the corners, and work his pitches all over the zone with the best of them.

Positives

Jay Bruce hit his 13th home run of the season tonight, and also doubled. Don’t look now, but Bruce now has a .798 OPS. The other Nick here at RN wrote a nice piece today about how good Jay Bruce has been recently, and his possible trade value.

Marlon Byrd extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

Eugenio Suarez made a nice play in this game, ranging to his right and making a tough throw. There was a runner on third with 2 outs, so that saved a run.

Aroldis Chapman did his thing in the 9th inning. The Marlins broadcasters said the hit Adeiny Hechavarria had off Chapman might have been the fastest pitch ever recorded in the MLB that resulted in a hit (103 MPH). They thought the previous fastest ever was by Bryce Harper off Chapman at 102 MPH.

Negatives

Johnny Cueto lost out in the “final vote,” finishing second behind Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez. It is a shame Cueto won’t get a chance to pitch (or at least tip his cap) to the home crowd in the ASG. It is kinda how the Reds season has gone though. They wait to trade Cueto just so he can pitch in the ASG in front of the home crowd, and then he doesn’t even make it. The Reds need to trade Cueto ASAP though. I am about to have a heart-attack waiting, hoping, and praying that he doesn’t get hurt. Every day that goes by you are risking more and more.

Not so random thoughts…………

Yorman Rodriguez has still yet to appear since being called up on Monday. I don’t really understand why the Reds would call him up just to let him ride the pine.

The Reds offense has been pretty bad of late, scoring just 1 run over the last two games. Hopefully they are saving up all the offense for tomorrow against Mat Latos. It would be pretty great to see the guys light him up after the comments he made after being traded.

I was watching the Marlins broadcasters tonight, and they started comparing Phillips and Morgan. They basically implied that Phillips wasn’t too far off from Morgan because of his AVG and RBI totals. So stupidity doesn’t just stop with the Reds broadcasters apparently. For those wondering, Morgan posted 57.2 fWAR in his eight seasons with the Reds (1972-1979), which was by far the most in the MLB. Phillips has accumulated a 29.2 fWAR into his tenth season with the Reds. While that is a very good total for Phillips, it is just a little shy of Morgan.

Up Next:

The Reds will face Mat Latos for the first time since being traded. It was looking like a really intriguing matchup, as Anthony DeSclafani (the guy the Reds got for Latos) was supposed to pitch tomorrow. However, DeSclafani was scratched because of a strained gluteal muscle. Raisel Iglesias will be making the start instead, his first start since returning from the DL. I will have more on this matchup tomorrow at 2:00pm on the game thread.

Reds at Marlins
Saturday, 4:10
TV: FS-Ohio
Raisel Iglesias (4 GS, 5.11 ERA, 2.91 FIP) vs Mat Latos (14 GS, 4.90 ERA, 3.50 FIP)