Mike Leake's arrest for shoplifting certainly has not affected him on the field.
Leake went seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits in the Reds' 3-2 loss to Milwaukee Tuesday. He walked none and struck out six. He threw 98 pitches, 60 for strikes.
"That's the best game Leake has pitched this year," manager Dusty Baker said.
Leake has gone seven innings in each of his two starts since his arrest on shoplifting charges. Over the 14 innings, he's allowed five runs, struck out 12 and walked two.
"He's pinpointing that fastball,' Baker said. "He's throw it in with change-ups and breaking balls. He's dotting that low and away that nobody likes to hit. He's not missing."
The key for Leake, who is not overpowering, is being aggressive.
"I'm just pounding the zone and attacking them," Leake said. "Not showing I'm there to lose, that I'm there to win,"
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