Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Latos' quality start pushes Reds over Braves 4-3

@DatDudeBP drilled two round-trippers

The Reds (23-19) have taken their second game of a four game series against Atlanta, winning 4-3 over the Braves (26-18),  and thus knocking Atlanta from first place in the NL East. Latos improved to 3-2, pitching 7 innings of 5 hit 2 run baseball, giving up only 1 walk and racking up 8 strikeouts. Mat Latos got his worst pitching out of the way early, giving up a home run to the first batter he faced, Michael Borne. Logan Ondrusek and Aroldis Chapman also pitched a scoreless inning each.

Brandon Phillips led the offensive charge with a pair of homers and three runs batted in.

Here's a look at the good, the bad and the notables from Tuesday:

The Good
Latos pitched a great game, improving his ERA to 4.35 after a few shoddy starts in April he has appeared to turn it around as expected.
Phillips was the only multi-hit Red. He delivered longballs no. 3 and no. 4 in the affair.
- Cozart, Stubbs, Votto and Heisey also had one hit each. Cozart's left the yard -- his fifth in 2012.
- Aroldis Chapman showed that he continues to be absolutely dominate, racking up his second save of the season and is still yet to allow a run. His ERA remains 0.00, and he's only walked 7 batters, striking out 41. Hitters only have a 0.89 average against him.

The Bad
- Miguel Cairo's average has dropped to .174. He also committed his first error of the season.
- Despite batting .318 with an .783 OPS, Ryan Hanigan continues to bat 8th in the order.
- Chris Heisey was gunned down trying to swipe second base.

The Notables 
- The Reds are 2-0 in the series against Atlanta so far with two games left to play. Their next game is tomorrow at 7:10 pm. Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 3.46) will oppose ATL's Tommy Hanson (5-3, 3.31).
- After Atlanta, the Reds have quite an easier schedule than their brutal (but successful) road trip. @PIT, @HOU, PIT, DET, CLE, @NYM, @CLE, MIN, MIL, SF is the schedule through June.
- Today's game took place under partly cloudy skies and a perfect 75 degrees.
- 26,438 showed up at Great American today, a strong middle of the week crowd for the Redlegs.

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