Latos roughed up
No extra innings this time. Just one rough night for Mat Latos. In 5 2/3 innings, Latos tied a career high with eight runs allowed during an 11-1 loss to the Cardinals. Here is the game story on MLB.com (complete version to post soon)
The overall line: 5 2/3 ip, 9 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 112 pitches/71 strikes. There were three runs allowed in the first and a two-run homer surrendered to Carlos Beltran in the second that made it a 5-0 game. Three more runs crossed in the sixth.
Amazingly, it lowered Latos’ career ERA at Busch Stadium from 25.31 to 18.82.
“They’re a good hitting ball club,” Latos said. “It wasn’t really about not hitting my spots. It was more not trusting my stuff…I was not trusting my stuff and not just rearing back and letting it go. I was trying to be too fine and too perfect. I said the hell with it, reared back and just threw and gave it everything I’ve got. I think the outcome was a little different.
“The positive out of it is I found out what I hadn’t been doing.”
Through three starts as a Red, Latos is 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA.
The Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Devin Mesoraco — 2-for-3, including beating out an RBI infield single to shortstop. Mesoraco also made a nice block at the plate to get Jaime Garcia from scoring on a Rafael Furcal double in the fourth.
No. 2 star: Rafael Furcal, STL — 4-for-5, two doubles, two RBIs.
No. 1 star: Jaime Garcia, STL — 7 ip, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 89 pitches/52 strikes, induced four double plays and was 2-for-3 at the plate with a two-run triple in the sixth that finished Latos’ night.
News and notes:
*Jay Bruce snapped a 0-for-19 skid with a second-inning single during a 1-for-4 night.
*Brandon Phillips grounded into two of the Reds’ double plays and looked like he was really slow on his sore left hamstring.
*Scott Rolen’s double in the top of the ninth gave him 503 for his career, tying him for 51st all time with Andre Dawson.
*The Reds were 2-for-20 tonight with men on base.
“They jumped on him early. Then he settled down in later innings and then they jumped him again. I didn’t want to go through our bullpen so early.” — Dusty Baker