Leake gets first start over with, allows two runs

Leake gets first start over with, allows two runs

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The first start of spring for Reds pitcher Mike Leake wasn't entirely smooth on Saturday. At the same time, it was far from poor.

Leake, the likely No. 4 starter, pitched two innings and gave up two runs (one earned) with no walks and one strikeout.

"It went fine," Leake said. "I wasn't getting the ball down as much as I would have liked to. Otherwise, it was pretty good. It's always a little foreign the first time out there. It was funny because [catcher Devin Mesoraco] in the first inning was like 'Holy cow, I forgot how to call signs.' He was calling so many fastballs and he was like 'What ... is going on?' It takes time to get back into it."

Leake's game started when Cleveland leadoff hitter Michael Brantley doubled to right field. An error by second baseman Brandon Phillips on Asdrubal Cabrera's grounder moved Brantley to third base, setting up a run on a sacrifice fly from Carlos Santana.

In the second inning, Lonnie Chisenhall hit an RBI single to right field that scored Jason Kipnis.

"He wasn't as sharp as he usually was but that's OK," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I'm not worried about Leakie. He had the ball, it wasn't up but it was kind of in the middle. Those guys, one thing they can do is hit that fastball."