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CINCINNATI -- Mike Leake worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first. He struggled with his control. He collected two hits at the plate.
This was one wild major league debut.
Katzowitz: History not on Leake's side
|Drafted players who skipped minors|
|1989||John Olerud||1B||Blue Jays|
|1978||Brian Milner||C||Blue Jays|
"I didn't have any jitters," said Leake, who gave up a hit and issued two walks before recording an out. "I was just trying to do too much and I was pulling the ball. Seven walks is a little much."
Leake became the 21st player since the draft began in 1965 to play in the majors without appearing in a minor league game and first since Xavier Nady with the San Diego Padres in 2000. He also became the first American pitcher to accomplish the feat since Darren Dreifort with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994.
The 22-year-old right-hander had those seven walks but allowed just one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He also went 2 for 2 at the plate, adding to his collection of milestone balls.
"I should get that seventh-walk ball," he cracked.
Leake, selected eighth overall, also is the first player from the 2009 draft to make his major league debut.
Manager Dusty Baker was impressed with Leake's composure after the Cubs loaded the bases in the first. The ex-Arizona State star got Aramis Ramirez to pop up, struck out Marlon Byrd and retired Alfonso Soriano on a flyout to end the threat.
"He started out rough," Baker said. "He could have been rattled. Those were some big hitters."
Lee, who drove in Chicago's only run with an RBI single in the fifth, was impressed.
"He knew what he was doing," Lee said. "He had a lot of different pitches. He competed. We had him on the ropes, but give him credit. He didn't fold. He got better."
The Cubs left 11 runners on base, frustrating manager Lou Piniella.
"We're not hitting with runners on base," he said. "We had the bases loaded and the meat part of our lineup coming up, and the kid wiggled out of it."
The Reds loaded the bases in the eighth inning on two singles and a walk against John Grabow (0-2), and Esmailin Caridad walked Hernandez to force in the go-ahead run. Jonny Gomes followed with a sacrifice fly.
Chicago's Tom Gorzelanny, acquired from Pittsburgh on July 30th, was sharp in his first start of the season. The left-hander struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings, allowing an unearned run and four hits.
Left fielder Alfonso Soriano's error helped the Reds tie it in the seventh. With runners on first and second and one out, Soriano dropped Gomes' fly ball into the corner. That loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo, whose sharp one-hopper glanced off reliever Sean Marshall for the tying infield single.
|Mike Leake enjoys everything involved with winning his career debut, especially the postgame shenanigans. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ryan Theriot, SS||3||1||1||0||2||2||0||.174|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||3||0||1||1||2||1||3||.316|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||2||7||.130|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||8||.105|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.143|
|Koyie Hill, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Mike Fontenot, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.313|
|Geovany Soto, C||2||0||0||0||2||0||1||.091|
|Tyler Colvin, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Tom Gorzelanny, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Esmailin Caridad, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Marshall in the 8th|
|2B - Kosuke Fukudome (2, Leake)|
|SH - Kosuke Fukudome (1)|
|RBI - Derrek Lee (3)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|E - Alfonso Soriano (1, Dropped fly)|
|Sean Marshall (BS,1)||0.2||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|John Grabow (L,0-2)||0.1||2||2||2||1||1||0||13.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tom Gorzelanny 98-62, Sean Marshall 12-9, John Grabow 18-10, Esmailin Caridad 10-4, James Russell 2-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Gorzelanny 8-4|
|Batters Faced - Tom Gorzelanny 25, Sean Marshall 3, John Grabow 4, Esmailin Caridad 2, James Russell 1|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||5||.250|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.208|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.261|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.174|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||2||1||2||0||2||0||0||.235|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||2||0||0||1||2||1||1||.300|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||3||0||0||1||0||1||1||.143|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Dickerson, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|a- Miguel Cairo, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.333|
|Nick Masset, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Laynce Nix, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.200|
|Mike Leake, P||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Logan Ondrusek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jay Bruce, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.053|
|a-singled for Dickerson in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Masset in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Ondrusek in the 7th|
|SF - Jonny Gomes (1)|
|RBI - Ramon Hernandez (1), Jonny Gomes (2), Miguel Cairo (1)|
|SB - Drew Stubbs 2 (2, 2nd base off Gorzelanny/Soto, 3rd base off Gorzelanny/Soto)|
|CS - Scott Rolen (1, 2nd base by Gorzelanny/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Nick Masset (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||11.25|
|Francisco Cordero (S,2)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.25|
|WP - Mike Leake (1), Nick Masset (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 106-57, Logan Ondrusek 4-2, Nick Masset 17-9, Francisco Cordero 17-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 6-9, Nick Masset 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Leake 31, Logan Ondrusek 1, Nick Masset 4, Francisco Cordero 4|
|Attendance - 26945|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth|