Latos dominates Brewers

Here are the three stars from a 3-1 Reds win over the Brewers on Monday. Click here to read the full game story.

No. 3 star: Jay Bruce — 1-for-4. It was Bruce’s two-run double to the left field wall off of Yovani Gallardo that gave the Reds a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. It came just after cleanup hitter Brandon Phillips sac bunted runners to second and third base. Bruce is now hitting .435 (10-for-23) lifetime vs. Gallardo.

“Guys got on, Brandon got the guys over and I was able to put a good swing on it,” Bruce said. “It’s been a little harder than usual lately, but it’s working out great. It’s working out great tonight and I’m looking forward to tomorrow to get back on the horse. We’ve had a couple tough breaks and tough losses, but that’s baseball.”

No. 2 star: Drew Stubbs — 2-for-3, double, run scored, stolen base. It was a nice return from the DL.

No. 1 star: Mat Latos — 9 ip, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 K, 109 pitches/80 strikes. It was Latos’ finest hour thus far for the Reds.

“That was easily his best performance,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He had 13 strikeouts. Everybody got free pizza and ice cream. Man, he was dealing. He was awesome. He had a great slider going. He located his fastball well. Hanigan directed him through the game. He got two hits and a complete game. That’s exactly what the doctor ordered right there.”

The Latos-only news and notes:

*Latos’ 13 Ks were a new career best.

*At one point from the top of the first until the fourth, Latos threw 24 straight pitches for strikes.

*27 of 33 Milwaukee batters received first-pitch strikes.

“Strike one, period,” Latos said of his mindset for command. “Strike one, strike one, strike one. If I throw strike one and they want to beat it in the dirt or hit a lazy fly ball, that’s fine for the first pitch.”

*Latos threw his second career complete game. The other one was May 13, 2010 for the Padres vs. the Giants.

*Latos also tied a career best with two hits as a batter.

Quotes:

“To be honest with you, I was just trying to get groundball outs and let the defense work for me. I said ‘you know what? Just throw it for strikes, let them beat it in the dirt and let them make some plays.” — Mat Latos

“I made one mistake tonight. It’s going to happen. It’s an amazing feeling to finally do something good after the trade.” — Mat Latos

“That’s what you hope for. He did great. He didn’t really need us. It was awesome. He actually didn’t need us. He got a couple hits, pitched the whole game. He did a great job and that’s what we knew was in there. He pulled it out tonight and carried us to the win.” — Jay Bruce

“Kid was electric, man,” Morgan said. “He was getting ahead. What was it, twenty-some strikes in a row that I heard. He was dialed in. There were a couple of wishy-washy calls, but you just have to tip your cap to the kid. There’s going to be days when you run into a solid individual like that. We just have to flush this one and get ready to go tomorrow.”  — Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan

11 Comments

It’s too bad that pitching a complete game shutout which was pretty normal in the 50s and 60s gets so much attention today, sorry even though it’ a big deal for me as a Red fan please believe that is what a number1 or 2 is supposed to do. GREAT JOB LATOS,

Cmon David…It’s not 1929 anymore!!!

Love it. Great for the Reds, even better for Latos–hopefully that will relieve some of the pressure he may have put on himself after the trade. If he can turn in starts like this every few times out, he’s well worth the players we traded away.

Lots of Latos hate at the game though, I’m not so sure it will ever end. One guy was yelling at Latos for not getting down and trying to break up a double play in the third inning. Right, cuz we want him sliding and getting hurt and having LeCure pitch the rest of the season. And I felt bad for Dusty going into the ninth. I heard people saying take him out, people saying leave him in, people wanting Chapman. It was a lose lose situation for Baker. Turns out he made the right decision, but I guarantee no one called in to the radio stations to say that. But if they blew the lead? You’d be on call waiting…..

Curt

I have always been a proponent for if something is working dont change it. Latos started the innings which I agreed and think it should have been the same for Leake as well. If either allow a walk or hit, then short leash and pull them out for someone to finish. Leake situation was uncalled for since he was under 80 pitches. And Dusty could not tell me he didnt leave Latos because of fear of putting Chapman in. But I will give him credit today for making the correct choice, and a terrible choice Sunday.

Enjoyed the quote from Morgan. Credit the manager for letting Latos pitch in the ninth. The extra run in the eighth made that an easier decision. I thought the crowd was extremely supportive for Latos the entire game.

That’s how it appeared, but they were just supportive because they could sense the pizza and ice cream. It’s true.
Curt

I mean Latos struck out 13 guys, and gave up two freaking hits? Why in the hell would you take him out? I just don’t get it.
Curt

I garantee that if Chapman had not blown the save yesterday, take that back, if he had not blown 4 of the past 6 opportunities as well as Sunday, Dusty would not have thought twice at pooling Latos. Does anyone disagree… I like Dusty but there should not have been any reason to pull Leake more than Latos in my eyes.

haha guarantee.. That is what I get for typing and not proof reading.

The more I see/hear/read of Nyjer Morgan, the more impressed I am. I looked him up on Wikipedia-found out he played Hockey. And he’s not even Canadian! Plus, he fights Cardinals.

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