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Mike Leake notches unique 10th win as Reds beat Giants

Jul 25, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

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Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the Reds had to be particularly frustrating for Giants fans, considering that…

- Hunter Pence went 5-for-5 and the team as a whole collected 15 hits

- The team left 15 men on base, it’s high total in a nine-inning game since 2008

- Chad Gaudin, the club’s best starter of late, was roughed up for six runs in 3 2/3 innings

Reds starter Mike Leake pitched six innings of one-run ball despite surrendering 12 hits. Every last knock was a single. The Giants’ only extra-base hit came when Pablo Sandoval delivered a two-run double off Logan Ondrusek in the eighth.

Leake became the first pitcher since the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco in 2011 to allow 12 hits and give up just one run. The last Red to do it was Tom Hume in 1978. The last time a starter did it to the Giants was the Pirates’ Bob Moose in 1972.

At least dating back to 1916 — which is as far as  Baseball-reference’s wonderful play index goes — no one had ever had an outing as short as Leake’s and still managed to give up 12 hits and just one run. The next shortest was 6 2/3 innings. Which makes sense: it’s awfully, awfully hard to cram 12 hits into six innings and get just one run.

Pence’s 5-for-5 game was also pretty unusual. It was the first 5-for-5 game to feature no extra-base hits or runs scored since Detroit’s Roger Cedeno pulled it off on Aug. 15, 2001.  It was also the first time a player went 5-for-5 for a team that lost by five or more runs since Adam Kennedy did so for Oakland in an 8-1 loss to the White Sox on Aug. 15, 2009.

  1. hcf95688 - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    The Giants are hilarious! Watching them stumble through game is definitely the funniest thing on TV!

    • bgrillz - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      Yeah, it is hilarious. you know what is also hilarious…winning 2 of the last 3 World Series…

      • temporarilyexiled - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        What’s hilarious is that they’ve never looked good on paper. Now, given the talent level, they’re playing as they should – awful.

      • blabidibla - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Can’t win every season. Paper don’t win rings.

    • temporarilyexiled - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      If you’re a Reds fan, here’s your mulligan.

      If not, back to the troll cave.

      Oh, and if you’re a Dodgers fan, that explains it.

      Good luck getting past the NL West booby prize.

      You almost have my sympathy.

      Actually, never mind, no you don’t.

      • hcf95688 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        wrong on both counts. Think about it, and then try again.

      • temporarilyexiled - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        Okay, I’m clearly a glutton for punishment.

        You’re a fan of the team that plays in the city I lived in a decade ago across the bay?

        And hey, if I’m again wrong, take pity and explain further.

      • hcf95688 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        I think you got it this time.

      • temporarilyexiled - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Hey, could’ve been Detroit…

        So…when you need that last piece to get over the top…oh well…never mind again.

        The Rays are in the same boat, but something tells me they may make it all the way, unless of course Boston AND Baltimore AND Texas acquire lots more pitching.

  2. thirdandthird - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Don’t forget about Sam LeCure’s Houdini in the 7th. Sweet for the Reds, very sour for the Giants.

  3. temporarilyexiled - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    The more I read, the more I’m glad I DIDN’T see this game.

    But really, it’s not much worse than many have been for quite some time.

    Hello Brian Sabean, I doubt you’ll do it, for any number of reasons, but really, it’s time to SELL.

    2014 is another year, and I’m not necessarily suggesting a total rebuild, although I certainly could.

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