Latos pleased with outing
Four home runs and four errors for the Reds came on Sunday as they ended up with a 7-7 tie as the final vs. the Indians. All seven of the Reds runs came via the home run.
Here is some of the scoop from the afternoon:
*Mat Latos had this line: 5 ip, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K… As someone who had gotten off to slow starts in his previous outings, Latos had a brisk first inning with two groundouts to the mound and a groundout to second base. He was very pleased with his outing.
“It’s just being comfortable in the first inning,” Latos said. “It’s Spring Training all over again, you get anxious nervous and excited all at once. Today I just tried to settle down and throw the baseball, hit my spots and locations. Everything worked really good today. My curveball felt really good coming out of my hand and my changeup was something I’ve been working on.”
*I will have more on this in a few days for a longer story, but Latos said he made a point of seeking out Mario Soto when he got to camp so he could get help improving his changeup. It’s never been a pitch he was previously happy about.
*Latos gave up one run in the third inning and two more in the fourth. The third inning run was unearned following a Joey Votto error.
“He started out well and then he had to adjust and go to his breaking ball,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “The one thing about these Indians is they can hit. They’ve always been able to hit.”
*The Reds scored five first-inning runs against Indians starter Justin Masterson. Xavier Paul tattooed a three-run homer off of the batter’s eye in center field. Two batters later, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer to left field.
*Frazier is 6-for-16 (.375) with two homers in his last six games.
*Back-to-back homers came in the seventh for the Reds as Chris Heisey went deep to left field and Denis Phipps followed with a long shot that also hit the batter’s eye, but higher.
*Of the four errors committed by the Reds, one was a fielding miscue in the ninth by 3B Henry Rodriguez. He has six errors this spring.
“It was an odd game,” Baker said. “We jumped them early and didn’t get any more for a while. They slow-walked us down and we jumped them again. It was the four errors that do you in. That’s four extra outs we gave them. They [the Indians] made a couple of errors. It wasn’t a real sharp game. It turned into a home run derby.”
*Yes, the Reds wore green hats for St. Patrick’s Day.