With an opportunity to take two of three games from the San Francisco Giants, who happened to have the best record in baseball, Mike Leake had his worst outing this season going just five innings allowing five earned runs on eight hits in a 6-1 loss.
Leake had been pitching relatively well up to last night. He had not surrendered a home run in just over 45 innings, the seventh longest streak in the Major Leagues. The Giants were able to launch two of them off of the Cincinnati starter in route to the win. Leake had been dealing with neck stiffness.
"I'd just say that last little extension is tough to get because of the neck stiffness," Leake said. "But I'm still able to throw balls where I want to for the most part, and today it was just the first game I think I haven't been able to. The neck was fine today; there weren't any issues."
The Reds offense mustered just three hits on the day, two of which came in the first inning. After Hunter Pence robbed Billy Hamilton of an extra base hit, Todd Frazier launched an opposite field home run, his 12th of the year and second in as many nights.
"We seemed to have a really nice approach in that first inning, and we just weren't able to maintain it," Reds manager Bryan Price said of the offense. "I don't know if Bumgarner got better or if we lost the approach. I'm not sure, but we just weren't able to string anything together against him."
The lead didn't last long as Michael Morse launched a two-run home run in the top half of the second. Two innings later, Brandon Crawford hit a three-run shot after Pablo Sandoval and Tyler Colvin singled earlier in the inning.
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"I'm not disappointed or starting to think we saw the best of our club and now we're back into the doldrums," Price said.