Mat Latos was great in the high-pressure game against his old team, but Reds still lost in San Diego, 1-2.
Latos pitched 7.0 inning, allowing 0 runs on just 4 hits and 2 walks. Too bad for him that Sean Marshall couldn’t even get out of the eighth before giving up the tie, and Logan Ondrusek couldn’t even get an out in the ninth before he put the winning run on base for Sam LeCure to allow to score.
The offense was a stink-fest. Only four guys even got hits: Brandon Phillips (2), Chris Heisey (2), Wilson Valdez, and Todd Frazier. Heisey got the RBI and Jay Bruce, who reached on a walk, got the run scored.
The Reds’ offense is again becoming worrisome. They’ve been in slumps before, but at some point you just have to start wondering if the team doesn’t have what it takes to actually outperform the Pirates. Hopefully getting off the west coast and relaxing over the All Star breaks will completely change my perspective.
The loss brings the Reds’ record to 44-38. They are 2.0 games out of first place and 2.5 games out of third. Tonight they continue the 4-game series against the Padres at 10:05 p.m. Bronson Arroyo, (3-5, 4.06 ERA) takes on Kip Wells (1-1, 1.50 ERA).