One night after ace , Johnny Cueto, put together a beautiful complete game win for the Cincinnati Reds, Mat Latos (5-2) came through with a win of his own on Wednesday night to defeat the Cleveland Indians in game number two of their series in the Queen City.
Latos went 7 innings, gave up 7 hits and 2 earned runs to improve his ERA to 4.64. It was another great game from starting pitching for the Cincinnati Reds. They have quietly (not so much if you are an Indian fan) put together several quality starts for the Reds.
The bullpen, well, not so much. Aroldis Chapman, the closer for the Cincinnati Reds, gave up his first homerun of the season in the 9th trying to close out the game. This is the third straight game that Chapman has allowed a run to score. This from a man that hadn’t allowed an earned run in his first 26 appearances of the season. A week ago, Chapman led the league with a 0.00 ERA. It now stands at 1.13. However, even with the homer, he did record his 7th save of the year.
The offense came mostly from Brandon Phillips (3 for 3 with 3 RBI including a 2-run homerun) and, of course, Joey Votto (2 for 3 with 1 run scored and an amazing batting average of .362). Votto moved back into second place in the league in batting average. He leads in doubles (27), slugging percentage (.648) and, consequently, on-base plus slugging percentage (1.131). On such a tear is Votto in the month of June he has an even .500 batting average and has 12 RBI.
The win for the Cincinnati Reds kept them in first place of the division with a 34-27 record and insured the Reds of winning the series with the Indians. They will go for the series sweep at noon on Thursday with Mike Leake taking the mound and hoping to keep the quality starts going for the Reds.