After what felt like the most demoralizing loss of the
season on Friday, the Reds answered in a big way on Saturday with an 11-1
victory over Toronto.
Mike Leake (5-6) gave the bullpen a much needed break
going eight innings strong, striking out six and giving up just one earned run
in the win.
"We scored nine runs and got beat yesterday and we come back
and score 11 today and, I mean, obviously it's huge for our team to come back
and score a lot of runs again," said Leake.
Cincinnati took a 3-0 lead to the third inning when Jay
Bruce pounded his seventh home run of the season on a solo shot. The Reds then
added four more runs in the fourth inning with runs driven in by Billy
Hamilton, Todd Frazier, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.
In the seventh, the Reds road to redemption was complete
when Devin Mesoraco uncorked a three-run shot, his 12th homer of the
year and third straight game leaving the yard.
"I think it speaks a lot to the character of the club," said
Reds manager Bryan Price." We didn't talk about it as a team, but we did as a
coaching staff that it was a character game.
It was a game we needed to
show up and needed to get the taste of (Friday's) loss out of our mouths and
move forward and get a win. One thing this clubhouse hasn't done has put
their heads down and feel sorry for themselves."
The Reds have touched the plate 53 times in their last six
games, averaging just under nine runs a game. Billy Hamilton extended his
hitting streak to ten games going 1-for-5 and recorded his 31st stolen base of the season.
Carlos Contreras, recalled from AA Pensacola Saturday, made
his major league debut in the ninth allowing zero hits and striking out one