Saturday, June 30, 2012

Latos Shines in Complete Game Win

Latos pitches gem!
After a very rough start against the Cleveland Indians two weeks ago by Mat Latos, many Reds fans were blasting him and the organization's trade that brought him over from the Padres. Fast forward a mere 12 days later and things have changed. He followed a complete game 13-strike out performance on Monday with another gem on Saturday. He went the distance again while allowing only two hits and one run with seven strike outs. His mighty effort helped the Reds (43-34) edge out the host Giants (44-35), 2-1, at AT&T Park.

Here is a look at the Good, Bad, and Notables from today's game:

The Good
- As mentioned previously, Mat Latos pitched a heck of a game. He threw his 2nd consecutive complete game and 3rd of his career. He looks to be turning things around and also picked up his 7th win of the season.
-Zach Cozart had two hits and a walk in four at-bats while also scoring a run.
- Miguel Cairo came off the bench and had a hit and RBI.
- Catcher Ryan Hanigan got a hit, a walk, and an RBI.
- The Reds have a chance to win a series on the road tomorrow -- over a first-place team at that.
- The bullpen received their second consecutive night off. This could actually be viewed as a bad thing though, as they might be collecting some dust and/or rust.

The Bad
- Despite the win, the Reds had plenty of opportunites to score more runs and make the game a little less stressful. 
- The team left 10 runners on base, and went a terrible 1-10 with runners in scoring postion.
- They also struck out six times.
- Joey Votto left the game early with some pain in his knee. It is being reported as minor inflammtion and a trip to the DL is unlikely. Deep breaths everyone.

The Notables
-  Watch the All Star Game player announcement tommorrow at one on TBS. Votto is poised to be the top overall vote getter. There are also rumors that he might participate in the Homerun Derby if asked.
- The last Reds pitcher to throw consecutive complete games was Aaron Harang in 2006.
- Wouldn't it be nice to be in San Fran right now? The game was played in a cool 65 degrees!
- Up next: Cincinnati will entrust the arm of Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.13) to wrap up a series victory on Sunday as squares off with SF's Ryan Vogelsong (7-3, 2.23). The action will get underway at 4:05et.

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