July 19, 2012
As RHM detailed in the game wrap for game 91 for the Cincinnati Reds, Mat Latos and the Reds did not do well.
It was Jay Bruce bobblehead night, which our son really wanted, so we headed out after work. Hearing the gates had opened early because of the thunderstorm that passed through made us a little nervous that they might run out since we were still an hour away, but we shouldn’t have. This giveaway was not nearly enough of a draw to make that happen.
The view from the cheap seats in left field. I’d recommend the cheap seats in right field, since the scoreboard is visible there.
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July 19, 2012
W: Kennedy (7-8)
L: Latos (7-3)
A lightning storm blew through before the game, prompting the team to open the gates early to let the fans who were already waiting in line for their Jay Bruce bobbledheads find shelter. The rain made the bobblehead boxes soggy, but it didn’t cancel the game, which was maybe too bad for the Reds.
Mat Latos was the starter and he had his worst appearance since that debacle against the Indians last month. He only worked 4.2 innings, but he gave up 5 runs (earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks.
Sam LeCure scorelessly finished the fifth and took on the sixth. Bill Bray got a chance in the seventh and didn’t allow so much as a hit.
Jose Arredondo didn’t fare so well. He gave up 2 more runs (1 earned) on 3 hits before he could get the third out in the eighth. Logan Ondrusek finished off the inning and the game with no more runs, but it was far too late by then.
There wasn’t much scoring to talk about on the Reds’ part, but there were plenty of hits. Drew Stubbs continued his shocking about-face toward goodness by going 2-for-4 with the team’s only RBI.
Todd Frazier, who’s got some pretty big shoes to fill while filling in at first base, also went 2-for-4. His AVG is .277 (second highest in the line-up last night to Brandon Phillips) and his OBP is .343 (second in the line-up last night to Ryan Hannigan). They aren’t Joey Votto numbers by a long shot, but if there’s a silver lining to the arthroscopic cloud, it may be consistent playing time for Frazier.
The loss brings the Reds record to 51-40 and pushes them back into a tie with the Pirates. They try to split the 4-game series today at 12:35 p.m. Mike Leake (3-6, 3.96 ERA) defends against Joe Saunders (4-6, 3.52 ERA).
July 19, 2012
The Reds suffered an old fashioned walloping last night at the hands of the Diamondbacks, losing 7-1. You’d like to think that it was just the lack of Joey Votto, but unpredictable performances from Mat Latos and an offense unable to string hits together have been hallmarks of this team all year.
The best the Reds can hope for is a split in the 4-game series if they win this afternoon. Mike Leake (3-6, 3.96 ERA) defends against Joe Saunders (4-6, 3.52 ERA) at 12:35 p.m. There’s no television coverage for this one.
Unpredictable Performances from Latos
I heard a lot of people talking about the fact that, before last night, Latos hadn’t notched a Loss since April 18, but that didn’t ring true to me. Has it really been since the first month of the season since Latos has put in a rocky start?
Yeah, no. The imperfection of the Win/Loss stat strikes again. In fact, Latos has been relatively solid for the last month, but while he’s gotten Ws in his last 7 decisions, he’s also gotten 8 no-decisions in that time, and only 3 of those were blown saves. It was as recently as June 18 when he gave up 7 runs on 8 hits in only 4.0 innings to the Cleveland Indians. The offense take the lead before the eventual loss to bail him out.
He followed that particular performance up with back-to-back complete games, though. We sure could use a couple more of those about now.
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The last person to get more than 7 decisions in a row in their favor was Danny Graves. He won his first 8 decisions in 2000.