July 3, 2012

Daily Brief: Reds playing ironman baseball

Last Game
After trailing the Dodgers for most of the game, the Reds put together a rally starting in the sixth inning. They didn’t even score until about midnight ET, so lot of people are probably surprised to wake up to find the Reds even won, let alone with a score of 8-2.

Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier were the stars of the game, though Homer Baily probably deserves to be in that list too, with his 8 innings of 2-run ball. Zack Cozart took a pitch to the helmet that had him on the ground for a while, but ultimately he doesn’t seem to have sustained serious damage.

Next Game
The Reds take on the Dodgers again tonight at 10:10 p.m. ET. Johnny Cueto (9-4, 2.26 ERA) tries his hand against Chris Capuano (9-3, 2.69 ERA). With Joey Votto day-to-day with knee inflammation, Scott Rolen day-to-day with back spasms, and Cozart having just sustained a mild concussion, the Reds may be down to a 22-man roster. So far the other guys are stepping up. I just hope they can keep it up as long as they’ll have to.

Latos is your Player of the Week
There are probably other titles Reds fans would have given Latos from time-to-time this season, but after his two complete games in his last two starts, he is called Player of the Week. He had 20 strikeouts and allowed just 1 earned run per game, bringing his ERA down from 5.20 to 4.42.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Latos’s back-to-back complete games were the first since September 2006 when Aaron Harang did it. The Reds are slated to face Harang as a Dodger tomorrow.

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