Latos-Bruce discussion; Marshall
Some quick items of note that came out of a 7-4 Reds win over the Mets for a three-game series sweep and 7-2 road trip. Click here to read the main game story on MLB.com
*Television cameras from the Mets broadcast caught Mat Latos and Jay Bruce having an animated discussion at the far end of the dugout following the fifth inning. It came after the Mets made it a 2-2 game on Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly.
Neither player would go detail what was said between them.
“Next question,” Latos said tersely.
“That’s not really important,” Bruce said. “But no, it was not about the sac fly.”
On the sac fly, Bruce had to make the catch on the run and he made an off-target throw up the third base line. Bruce discounted the situation between innings as not a big deal.
“Everything is fine,” Bruce said. “It happens all the time. It’s a non-story early really.”
*In the seventh inning as Latos gave up two runs that re-tied the game at 4-4. They came vs. lefty hitters Murphy and Rick Ankiel. You were probably wondering, as was I, what happened to Sean Marshall? That’s a situation where the lefty pitcher would normally enter. Murphy hit an RBI single and Ankiel hit a RBI triple to the left field wall.
“Marshall wasn’t available,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Otherwise, I would have brought in Marshall for Ankiel. That kind of hurt us not having Marshall.”
Marshall said his shoulder did not respond well to throwing pre-game and believed there was some inflammation.
“We were kind of erring on the side of caution. I told them I was a little bit sore,” Marshall said. “I did a little bit of exercise after the game. With this extra day of rest [Thursday], I will be back to how I’ve been feeling.”
Marshall, who has a 2.57 ERA in 11 appearances with 21 of 27 batters retired, began the season battling left shoulder tendinitis and was on the disabled list from April 8-26.
*The Reds have won 10 of their last 12 games.
*On the road this season, the Reds are 13-12 after starting out 1-8.
*Zack Cozart, often criticized for batting in the second spot, had a career-best day going 4-for-5 as he faced Mets phenom Matt Harvey. No other player in Harvey’s brief big league career had ever notched three hits against him. Cozart also made a nifty play in the field to rob David Wright of an RBI hit with his line drive.
“Not a bad day,” Cozart said. “To be honest with you, the play in the field I like doing that rather than getting a lot of hits. I need a lot of hits though. I felt good. Harvey, we knew he had good stuff coming into the game. I don’t know what it did to me, if it heightened my awareness or what, but I thought I saw him pretty good.”
*Joey Votto hit a 3-0 Harvey 96 mph fastball for a two-run homer and a 2-1 Reds lead in the third inning. Votto is now 7-for-11 with three homers in his career when having 3-0 count.
“Just trying to throw a fastball away,” Harvey said. “I don’t like walking people, so obviously in that count I wanted to throw a strike. I just missed over the plate a little bit. He’s a good hitter, so he put a good swing on it.”