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Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake threw well against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. He had a career night striking out 12 batters he faced.
Leake gave an explanation after the game was over on his strikeout total. He did not feel he had that many strikeouts and stated he does not really care for strikeouts in general.
"It didn't feel like that many. But I guess it's a big accomplishment. I'm not high on strikeouts," said Leake, the Associated Press reports.
The team's manager Bryan Price believes if Leake wanted to he could be a strikeout pitcher all the time. Being a former pitching coach, Price understands from experience Leake’s style of pitching.
"He's pretty consistent hitting 93, 94 mph with his fastball. That's not a fastball you have to apologize for. He could throw more pitches and be less effective but strike out more guys," said Price.
After having a record of 14 wins and six losses last season, the pitcher from Arizona State University has just six wins and six losses according to stats on Baseball-Reference.com. He is looking to improve his win total and recapture the success he had last year. Things are only looking better after his stellar strikeout performance.