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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Reds Rudely Welcome Mike Leake Home

Mike Leake played the prodigal son as he took the Great American Ball Park mound, his old stomping grounds.

The new look Reds behind the batsmanship of Brandon Phillips spanked its former number one draft choice in a 7-0 white wash to win just its fourth series against the Cardinals in the last 12 played at GABP.

Phillips lined a single to right to open the second inning. Scott Schebler doubled over Brandon Moss' head at firstbase.  Eugenio Suarez first attempt at a sacrifice fly was too short but Ramon Carbrera hit a hard grounder between Moss and the bag for a two-run single.

Brandon Finnegan was the victim of an error by Suarez as leadoff hitter Tommy Pham reached base.  Finnegan retired the next 13 batters until Jhonny Peralta singled in the fifth with one out.  He retired the last five batters he faced in order, completing six innings with one hit and four strikeouts.

"I didn't have my best stuff but I commanded the ball pretty well," Finnegan said.

"The hit three balls on the barrel in the sixth inning. For a guy that is accumulating innings, we thought he did enough.  We had a fresh bullpen," Bryan Price said.

The Reds added on to the lead off Leake.

Phillips doubled to open the fourth.  Schebler grounded to first sent Phillips to third.  Suarez' second attempt at a sacrifice fly was successful.

The Reds knocked Leake out in the sixth.

Adam Duvall walked.  Phillips' second double sent Duvall home.. Leake hit Schebler with a pitch that had the Reds' new rightfielder hobbling.  Suarez doubled to the gap in leftcenter for another run.. Seth Manes replaced Leake.  Cabrera drove in his third run of the game with a single.  Tyler Holt hit into a double play as Suarez scored the seventh run.

"I just try to put the ball in play in that situation," Cabrera said. "I just want to hit the ball hard somewhere."

Raisel Iglasias pitched two scoreless innings.for his 11th straight scoreless effort, covering 22 2/3 innings.

"He is nasty," Cabrera said.  "He comes down sidearm.  That's tough for the hitters. They don't want to face him."

Jumbo Diaz and Tony Cingrani finished the Reds' fourth shutout of the season.

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