Scoring error drops Leake's ERA a half point
Posted on: August 9, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 4:57 pm
Reds rookie Mike Leake shaved nearly a half of a run off of his ERA before he even threw a pitch on Monday.
Leake, who will start opposite Chris Carpenter in the first game of the showdown between the first-place Reds and second-place Cardinals, benefitted from a scoring change in last Tuesday's start in Pittsburgh.
With an out in the second inning, Lastings Milledge hit a grounder by third baseman Scott Rolen that was originally called a double. The Reds appealed and on Monday Major League Baseball changed it to an error. That changed the six earned runs in that inning to six unearned, dropping his ERA from 3.86 to 3.43 on the season. Leake gave up another unearned run in the fifth, on his own error. That was the only game the Reds lost on their six-game road trip.
The Reds' other rookie starter, Travis Wood, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville before the game to make room for Jim Edmonds, acquired by the team earlier in the day. Wood, 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA in eight starts, will likely be back up after 10 days. The Reds have two off days in the next week, Thursday and next Monday. Wood wasn't scheduled to pitch again until the 18th in Arizona, now he'll pitch the next day.
Wood has thrown 149 innings between the minors and majors this season. He threw 167 2/3 innings last season. The team is monitoring Leake's innings as well. He's thrown 126 innings so far this season, his first professional season.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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