Reds, Chapman lose

The Three Stars from a 2-1 Reds loss to the Marlins on Friday that ended a four-game win streak:

No. 3 star: Mat Latos — 7 ip, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 105 pitches/75 strikes. Latos has four quality starts but zero decisions to go with his 2.73 ERA. He has 29 strikeouts on the season. Still, it’s been a strong month for a guy who had a 5.97 ERA in April last season for a 5.73 ERA for month lifetime.

“That was the plan, to attack down in the zone,” Latos said. “That’s one thing that I did really good today, was able keep the ball down. A big guy like Stanton, you make a mistake out over the plate and bring it up, he’ll hit it a long way.”

No. 2 star: Justin Ruggiano, MIA — Hit the game-winning homer in the ninth inning against Aroldis Chapman. It came on a 3-1 high fastball and traveled 418 feet to left center field.

“I just waited him out and got the pitch I was looking for. He’s tough, man,” Ruggiano said. “It’s hard to slow him down. I kind of had a two-strike approach the whole time. I told myself ‘don’t get beat up.’ The one thing I didn’t want to do was get beat on a high fast ball.”

No. 1 star: To Boston law enforcement, the FBI and the resident tipster that told them about the boat. Job well done tonight.
The crowd of 26,112 fans at GABP agreed. During the eighth inning, the videoboard posted the following simple message “The suspect is alive and in custody.” Cheers erupted immediately.

Notes:

*Joey Votto’s on base streak ended at 16 games to start the season. Votto was 0-for-3 with his sacrifice fly in the first inning accounting for the Reds’ lone run.

*Shin-Soo Choo had a triple in the first to extend his reach safely streak to 16 games. It was his 20th career triple.

*Reds pitchers have walked four and struck out 48 during the last five games and have a 1.40 ERA. While the winning streak is over, they have held opponents to two runs or less in each of the five games this homestand.

*Reds defense has not committed an error since April 8 at STL. The 10-game streak is the longest since 2010.

4 Comments

At what point do pitchers stop pitching around Joey Votto? He looks awful at the plate.

I believe if Brandon continues to hit behind Joey opponents will have to start pitching to Joey. With the run support opponents will have to adjust.

Hey Mark, With Choo doing so good in the leadoff position and his experience in the field why wouldn’t the Reds try to sign him too a contract to play for the Reds in the coming years. Why trade for him and not try to sign him to a long term contract? Is Billy Hamilton doing as well as Choo. It would be a shame to loose him at the end of the year.

It’s very much a two-way street. He has to want to come back And that will be very expensive.

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