Friday, July 6, 2012

Reds offense sputters again, spoils Latos’ good start

Latos did his job Thursday night, but the Reds' offense did not.
It was a return home for Mat Latos, and a glimpse of the past for Cincinnati fans as the Reds (44-38) faced off against the Padres (34-50) in San Diego. Latos was of course acquired from the Friars in the off-season, in exchange for Brad Boxberger, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, and Thursday’s starter Edinson Volquez. All of them, but Boxberger played in the game, which turned into to somewhat of a pitcher’s duel before the Padres emerged victorious by a score of 2-1. It was the third straight loss for the Reds, with the team scoring just one run in each game.

Here’s the good, the bad, and the notables:

The Good
-Coming off back-to-back complete games, Latos put together his third good start in a row. He struck out eight, while allowing just four hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings. He’s now 7-2 with a 4.13 ERA on the season. His ERA was 5.20 before the first complete game occurred on June 25 against the Brewers.
-Chris Heisey was 2-3, with a double and an RBI-triple, while playing some good defense in left field as well.
-Brandon Phillips also came up with two hits and a walk.

The Bad
-The Reds managed just five hits and one run, while striking out 10 times against their former teammate, Volquez.
-Zack Cozart and Joey Votto each went 0-4 for the game.
-Sean Marshall blew the save in the eighth, giving up a game-tying, pinch-hit solo home run to some dude named Logan Forsythe.
-Grandal led the charge in the ninth, with a leadoff triple against Logan Ondrusek, before Alonso was walked intentionally to get to Cameron Maybin. Sam LeCure came in with the bases loaded and then gave up the walk-off hit to the first batter he faced, some other guy named Everth Cabrera. Ondrusek (L 3-2, 3.26) was charged with the loss.
-There was an awful display of base running with two outs in the first inning where Wilson Valdez was on second, while Phillips was on first and Jay Bruce was at the plate, in which both runners tried to steal, but Valdez eventually ended up being thrown at home. Looking back, it seemed to mimic the tone of the game, and the Reds’ current slump.

The Notables
-Volquez used 127 pitches to throw seven innings of one-run ball.
-Grandal finished 1-4 and scored the winning run. Alonso was 2-2, with two walks. Boxberger was chilling down in Tucson with San Diego’s Triple-A affiliate.
-Former Red Chris Denorfia also appeared as a pinch hitter, but did not get a hit.
-The Reds fell two games back of the first-place Pirates in the NL Central, with just a half game lead over the third-place Cardinals.
-25,181 made the trip down to Petco Park to see the Padres defeat the Reds, on a cool 67-degree day.
-Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.06) will pitch against another former Red in Kip Wells (1-1, 1.50) on Friday night at 10:05pm EST.

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