Mike Leake's earned run average continues to rise like the flood waters in Texas as the Reds were buried by the Rockies in a 6-4 loss, its 10th loss in 11 games..
The Reds are struggling as a team to find itself.
Leake threw 16 consecutive innings without allowing a run in two starts (4/30) and (5/6). In his May 11 start he allowed just one run. His ERA after that start was 2.36.
On Wednesday, Leake left after five innings in which he was strafed for six runs. This coming off a May 16 start in which the San Francisco Giants scored nine runs. In Leake's next start he allowed five runs in four innings to the Cleveland Indians. His ERA has risen to 4.66.
"I went through a stretch like this in 2012," Leake said. "I'm sure I can figure it out a lot faster now."
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The problem is simple but frustrating.
"He's off the edges of the plate early in the count," Price said. "He has to pitch from behind. It drives his pitch count up and there's more balls hit in the air."
The Colorado Rockies ruined his day in the first inning.
After Leake issued two walks and a single (Charlie Blackman was caught stealing) Nolan Arenado hit his 10th home run with two outs.
Todd Frazier's 15th home run off Kyle Kendrick got a run back.
Leake gave up another two-out home run, this time to Blackmon, whose seventh long ball gave the Rockies a 5-1 lead. Colorado singles from Carlos Gonzalez and Arenado put runners on first and second with two outs. Ben Paulson singled up the middle to make it 6-1 midway through the contest.
The Reds loaded the bases on a hit from Billy Hamilton and a walk to Skip Schumaker, starting to give Brandon Phillips turf toe a break. Boone Logan relieved Kendrick and walked Joey Votto. Frazier worked the count full before walking to drive in Hamilton. Jay Bruce blooped a single to left to score Schumaker to make it 6-4. Rafael Betancourt took over for Logan. Marlon Byrd's fly to shallow right wasn't deep enough to score Votto Zack Cozart's routine fly to left ended the threat.
The Reds held a meeting after the game.
"We just wanted to clear our heads for Friday," Leake said. "We all get along here. No one is pointing fingers. We are all staying positive."