After a tough loss Friday night the Cincinnati Reds needed a rebound Saturday afternoon at GABP. They got that rebound and then
some thanks to an awoken offense. An offense sparked by the most unlikely of people, Mat Latos who led the Reds to a 13-4 win.
Latos was on the mound for the Reds although his arm was incredible Saturday it is likely his 2 run double in the 4th that jolted some life into the Reds is what people will be talking about. Oh and the free pizza from his 11 strikeouts.
Mat Latos appeared shaky at the start of the game, giving up a two run home run in the first to the third batter of the game. From there Latos gave up two more runs, thankfully for him though his offense had his back today. Latos went 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 11 and getting the win.
The Reds offense came to play this afternoon. After the Mariners two run home run in first by Kyle Seager, Cesar Izturis answered in the 2nd with a single to right driving in Jay Bruce. Kyle Seager got to Latos again in the 3rd hitting a sac fly driving in another run.
That would be the last time the Mariners would lead. In the 4th inning Mat Latos showed everyone that he can in fact swing a bat. Latos doubled to deep right scoring two runs in the process. There was a funny moment between Latos and 2nd base umpire Jerry Layne who offered to take Latos shin guards, Latos though thought Layne was offering a high five which led to a big laugh between the two.
Latos’s 2 RBI double seemed to shoot some life into the offense. From the 4th inning on the Reds would score 9 more runs winning 13-4.
Utility man Jack Hannahan made the best of his start at 3rd base going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. No trashing of Jack today. Cesar Izturis also made the most of his short stop start going 2-4 with 3 RBI. Cozart might want to watch out.
A day after praising Votto for continually being the consistent hitter on the team he goes hitless. He did reach base twice though on walks so that works as well.
Shin Soo Choo continues to hit consistently, reasserting his spot as the lead off guy. Derrick Robinson continued to struggle with only one hit in the game.
The offense that everyone expects the Reds to have showed up today. Not to mention the pitching was outstanding to. Absolutely no complaints today.
Cincinnati and Seattle square off for the rubber match tomorrow with Bronson Arroyo (7-6) and Joe Saunders (6-8) taking the mound at 1:10.
By the way Cincinnati got to 50 wins!