Todd Frazier drove in two runs on three hits and Joey Votto homered behind Mike Leake’s eight innings of four-hit baseball in the Reds 9-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon.
With the trade deadline approaching at the end of the month, most of the attention postgame was directed toward Leake (8-5) and what could be his last outing with the Reds.
“It is what it is,” said Leake, who allowed four hits and one earned run over eight innings. “It’s not in my control. If I’m traded, I’m traded. If I’m not, I’m not.”
Leake was asked by a reporter if he’s trying to prove that he belongs in Cincinnati, or auditioning for another team somewhere else.
“I guess it’s a combo,” Leake said. “I’m just trying to be better than what I’ve been. It’s my goal to get better every day. Hopefully I can become one of those top pitchers.”
Leake’s first start of his MLB career with the Reds was against the Chicago Cubs in 2010. He walked off the mound on Wednesday realizing his last start in a Reds uniform could also be against the Cubs.
“It would be ironic if my first and last [start] was against the same team. Each [start] from here on out could be my last [with the Reds],” said Leake.
Leake has given up a total of two earned runs over his last three starts and 22 innings pitched. He’s compiled 18 strikeouts and just three walks over that stretch.
The Reds play a make-up game against the Cubs tonight at 6:10 p.m. with Tony Cingrani coming off the disabled list to make his first start of the season.