The Reds got their winning streak up to 1 last night by beating the Brewers in the first game of the series.
Oh, Mat Latos. This was a performance we really, really liked. Let’s stop worrying about proving that it was worthwhile to trade for you and just keep pitching like that, huh? In 9.0 innings of work, Latos allowed 1 run (earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out a career-high 13, giving all the fans at GABP free pizza and ice cream. A yummy performance all around.
And if that weren’t enough, Latos brought his bat as well. He went 2-for-3, though no one could seem to bring him in. Drew Stubbs, freshly off the DL, also went 2-for-3, but he also got to score 2 of the Reds’ 3 runs. Joey Votto, though hitless on the night, scored the other run thanks to a walk in the fourth inning.
The RBI belonged to Brandon Phillips (1) and Jay Bruce (2). The Reds didn’t hit any home runs last night, but that’s how the Brewer’s got their one run. Whatever.
The win brings the Reds’ record to 40-32. Game 2 against the Brewers is tonight at 7:10 p.m. when Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.19 ERA) defends against Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.50 ERA).