Mat Latos was absolutely dominant. He allowed only the 1 run (in the 9th as Mike Leake did on Friday) on 2 hits. That’s right 2 hits. This followed his 4 hit, 1 run, 13 strike out performance against the Milwaukee Brewers last week. He has now pushed his winning streak to 7 games with a 7-2 record. Latos’ ERA is creeping down and is now an almost respectable 4.42.
It should be noted that since Dusty Baker changed up his rotation to have his hard throwing pitchers sandwhiched between his breaking ball pitchers, the Cincinnati Reds’ starting pitching has been on a tear. This is a good thing considering that the bullpen has become increasingly shaky in the last three weeks.
The Cincinnati Reds were very adept at leaving men on base. They left 10 men on base in this game. The Reds also scored in unusual ways. The first run came in the fourth inning as Ryan Hanigan drew a walk with the bases loaded. The second run came in the 7th inning when Zack Cozart doubled (2-4) and Miguel Cairo (who came in during the 6th to replace Joey Votto who felt some pain in his knee during his previous at bat) single up the middle to drive in Cozart. That was the only hit that the Cincinnati Reds had with runners in scoring position. On this day, it did not matter, as Latos was just brilliant. (That is so much fun to write about him.)
The win kept the Cincinnati Reds (43-34) in first place of the Central Division, one game ahead of the red hot Pittsburgh Pirates.
The two teams will finish out the four-game series on Sunday afternoon as the Cincinnati Reds will send Bronson Arroyo to the mound to hopefully take the series from the Giants.