Latos, who was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds during the off season to be their number two guy, was truly magnificent for the Reds on Monday. He pitched his second complete game of his career (first as a Red). Latos allowed only one run on four hits and, get this, struck out a career high thirteen in the process. He was so in charge of the strike zone, he only went to three balls on two batters. That was it. At one point, he set a Reds’ record by throwing 26 strikes in a row. 26! He finished the game having thrown only 109 pitches. Of those 109 pitches, 80 were strikes. (To be fair, it was a very generous strike zone. But they all count the same.) Latos kept up his winning ways for the Cincinnati Reds, as he won his 6th straight (6-2) over his last 12 starts. The Reds are 9-3 during that span.
The Cincinnati Reds needed this type of outing from their starter. They are coming off an agonizing loss and really needed the starter to go deep into the game. A complete game was just what the doctor ordered.
At the plate, the Cincinnati Reds were led by Drew Stubbs (back off the DL) and Mat Latos – two hits a piece. The winning runs came via a two-run double by Jay Bruce in the fourth inning. That was all the offense Latos would need (and would get, really) to secure the win in the opener of the three game series against their rival.
It was a very important game, not only to try to right the ship, but because this is the last series before the Cincinnati Reds take off for a 10 game in 10 day trip out west. Those trips are never easy for the Reds. They will need all the momentum they can find.