Slugfest, stolen signs?
The Reds’ six-game winning streak ended in a slugfest on Monday with a 10-9 defeat to the Indians. As you will read in my game story, Mat Latos took on some of the blame but also implied that Cleveland engaged in stealing signs to jump on some of his pitches.
“I was a little up in the zone. I thought I made some good pitches that they spit on with a runner on second base,” Latos said. “I suppose it was kind of ironic. We changed up the signs, for the last hitter unfortunately. The outcome changed when we changed up the signs today.”
Latos line: 4 ip, 8 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3 HR. Cleveland had a total of seven extra base hits. For Latos, who blew three different leads, it snapped a personal five-decision win streak. He hadn’t lost a game since April 18.
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The Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Brandon Phillips — 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 3 runs scored.
“Both teams were swinging the bat well,” Phillips said. “They just outhit us. I know there were a lot of entertained fans seeing everybody hitting the ball well.”
No. 2 star: Shin-Soo Choo, CLE — 2-for-5, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Choo hit a leadoff homer against Latos in the bottom of the first after Joey Votto hit a solo shot in the top half. Choo has been a Reds killer for a while it seems.
No. 1 star: Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE — 3-for-4, triple, homer, 3 RBI. Chisenhall was a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
*Honorable mention to Scott Rolen in a 2-for-4, two RBI game. Rolen hit RBI singles to right field in both the second and third innings.