Saturday, April 7, 2012

Fish spoil Latos' debut, Reds fall 8-3

Any hope of an undefeated season went astray on Saturday as the Marlins (1-2) raced past the Redlegs (1-1) 8-3 on Opening Night. Mat Latos made his much-anticipated Reds debut, but the results proved to be less than stellar. Nonetheless, the team still has a chance at taking the series on Sunday.

But for now, let's focus on the good, the bad and some notables from Saturday's affair at GABP:

The Good:
-Zack Cozart is making an early case for National League ROY honors. The shortstop fell a double short of the cycle and scored a pair of runs. He has five hits in nine at-bats (.625) so far this season.
-Joey Votto connected for a 2-run, opposite-field homer in the bottom of the fourth. It's sure to be the first of many during 2012.
-The defense committed no errors.
-It may have taken 27 pitches to do it, but Jose Arredondo struck out two in one scoreless inning of relief.

The Bad:
-Latos ran into some trouble in the top of the fifth and was pulled by manager Dusty Baker with two outs. His final line in his Reds debut: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks (81 pitches, 51 for strikes).
-The bullpen didn't fare well on the night. Newcomer Alfredo Simon surrendered two hits and two runs before recording a single out in relief. He did, however, manage to strike out the side after that point.
-Sam LeCure allowed a golfer ball to Hanley Ramirez in the seventh. The mustached reliever allowed three hits and two runs in his two innings of work.
-Jay Bruce was hitless in four plate appearances including a couple of strikeouts.
-Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen each posted 0-for-4 nights at the plate.
-The Reds offense failed to draw a single walk -- either signalling a lack of patience or superb control for Miami's pitching staff.

The Notables:
-Prior to the game, Phillips and Votto each received their Rawlings Gold Gloves from the 2011 season. Phillips was presented his 2011 Louisville Silver Slugger Award as well.
-Speaking of Phillips, the 30-year old remains mum on the progress (or lack thereof) of his possible contract extension, according to this release from the AP.
-Josh Hutcherson, a native of nearby Union, KY and co-star in the smash movie The Hunger Games, had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
-The Reds will wrap up their opening series with the Marlins on Sunday beginning at 1:10 PM ET. Veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo will make his 2012 debut opposite of Florida's Miami's Carlos Zambrano. It'll mark the last meeting between the foes until they clash again in south Florida in mid-September. The first 8,000 kids 14 and younger will receive an Easter Tin presented by Meijer.

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