CHICAGO -- Being a reliever is still new to Reds pitcher Sam LeCure, and the adjustments are happening on the fly. LeCure came up big to preserve the Reds' 5-4 win over the Cubs on Friday when he entered in the sixth inning with runners on first and second base.
LeCure, a starter for most of his pro career, did allow an RBI single for a run charged to Edinson Volquez and hit a batter to create a bases-loaded jam with no outs. But he worked out of that cleanly, then threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
"It's a little bit different mentality," LeCure said. "You don't have a lot of time to find it -- your location. That's what I get by on. You don't have a lot of time to find it out of the bullpen."
LeCure, currently being used as a long reliever after coming out of the rotation, doesn't view himself as an aspiring setup man.
"If I can be a bridge to them, that's fine," LeCure said. "Whatever they ask me to do, I'll do. And I will do it the best I can and the best I know how."