Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Reds Crush Giants 9-2

Phillips drove in three on Tuesday including two here on
his second home run of the season

The Reds (8-9) and Giants (9-8) faced off in the first of a three game series, and first of a nine game home stand. And it was a great evening for the Redlegs.

Mat Latos pitched seven innings of shutout baseball to lead the Reds to a 9-2 win over the Giants, and Latos' first win in a Reds uniform. The Reds lit up the scoreboard early, forcing Cain to throw 38 pitches and giving up two runs off of a 2-out homer by Brandon Phillips.

The Good
Latos came alive. Pitching seven, complete shutout innings, giving up only 4 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts, lowing his ear to 5.64 on the year.
- The whole staff got on the hit train, with the exception of Joey Votto. The squad pounded out 11 of 'em in all....seven were of the extra base variety
- Drew Stubbs, Zack Cozart, and Jay Bruce each contributed a pair of hits to the effort.
- The Reds only left two runners in scoring position.
- The defense committed no errors. A great improvement over the three miscues they were charged with last game.

The Bad
- Sam LeCure relinquished the potential shutout after he served up a 2-run homer to Buster Posey in the top of the ninth.
- There wasn't much bad in this game, although in a surprise, of all Reds position players, only Joey Votto didn't get a hit. Joey seemed too eager to swing out of his shoes in all of his AB's today.

The Notables
- Was a decent day for baseball, starting in the mid 60's before dipping into the 50's. Slight windy and not a drop of rain in sight.
- University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari and his coaching staff were honored before the game. The national champion coach also threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
- The Reds made a couple of roster moves on Tuesday. Here's the full scoop.
- There was a crowd of 19,051 fans at GABP, not counting the 650+ dogs.
- Tomorrow the Reds and Giants picked up where they left off at 7:10 pm with Barry Zito (1-0 1.71 ERA) facing off against Bronson Arroyo (1-0 2.91 ERA)

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