Latos gains his third win of the season in a 4-3 Reds victory. (Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE)

BP, Latos Lead Reds to Win Over Braves


Maybe it is all starting to come together. Last night, Mike Leake. Tonight Mat Latos and Brandon Phillips. But the performances from Latos and Phillips should be of no surprise. As they say, they were due. Latos is slowly finding his groove and BP looks to finally be over any lingering hamstring issues.

For Latos it will keep the detractors out of his hair for at least another outing. We know how that all work. On this night, he looked even more like the Latos that donned a Padres uniform. He is slowly getting there.

His line: 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 8 SO, 1 BB. He did toss 116 pitches, but 79 of those pitches were for strikes. The only hiccup came in the first inning when Latos allowed a lead-off home run to Michael Bourn. After that, only a single run in the fourth would be all teh potent Braves offense would garner off Latos.

But that 1-0 first inning deficit wouldn’t last long.

The offense that was Brandon Phillips couldn’t have happened soon enough. Phillips took a 3-2 offering from MLB ERA leader Brandon Beachy and drove the pitch out by the batter’s eye. A no-doubter. Reds 2, Braves 1. The Reds would never trail again.

As Jeff Piecoro informed us after the game, BP got a little advice from Chipper Jones. Thanks, Chipper. We appreciate it.

Zack Cozart added a solo shot in the third and Phillips would follow with a solo shot of his own in the fourth. The only scoring after that would come via another home run from Bourn. Then, it was time for Chapmania to overtake GABP.

Needless to say the past 24 hours have been a little difficult for the Cuban. The early Monday morning incident has created quote a stir. If the deal was bothering him on this night, you couldn’t tell it. He faced four batters and struck out two of them. Pitch F/X from BrooksBaseball.net showed an average of 97.94 mph with the fastest being 99.9 mph.

Taking out some frustration? Maybe. If so.

While I bring up BrooksBaseball.net, if you’re into sabermetrics and have the dates of August 4 and 5 clear, there will be a seminar held up at Boston University. Boston University’s Center for Neuroscience and Department of Physics will be sponsoring the event. Proceeds for the event will go to the Jimmy Fund.

For more information on the seminar and the Jimmy Fund, you can go here.

Dear Mr. Berthiaume,

This came across every Reds fan Twitter timeline last evening.

While I love seeing the national types pay even the smallest amount of attention to the Good Guys, it’s not always a positive matter. Usually, there’s a negative slant when the national attention given is as we’ve seen with the recent events surrounding Aroldis Chapman.

After the game, he also tweeted that with Chapman is a difference maker as the closer and it changes the picture in the NL Central. I’m sure he’s catching crap from Cards fans on that one. Even got a response from a Pirates fan wondering where the love for the Bucs was.

I’m not sure I like this attention though. Two reasons.

One, remember earlier this season when Berthiaume told Grantland’s Jonah Keri (during a podcast) that the Reds were close to signing Albert Pujols? Since that deal didn’t get done, Berthiaume stated the Reds decided then to give the money earmarked for Pujols to Joey Votto. The credibility of a certain Mothership employee was brought into question.

Those matters are unrelated. Could be showing my anti-Mothership bias. Couldn’t resist.

Two. This is the same guy that picked the Houston Astros to win the National League Central last season. Need I say more? I will. He’s no Nostradamus.

Those aren’t unrelated.

What Power Outage?

We haven’t seen a lot of the long ball this season…until the last couple of games. The Reds have cracked seven home runs in the first two games of the Braves series. This evening, they took three out against Beachy. Heading into tonight, Beachy had allowed only one home run this season. So where are we here?

Over those first two games, the Reds have a pair of two-homer games (BP tonight, Drew Stubbs last night), Zack Cozart has hit one in each of the first two games of the series. That’s six home runs from three of the top four in the lineup. Mike Leake accounts for the other.

Tomorrow night, Tommy Hanson (5-3, 3.31 ERA) will take the mound for the Braves. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 3.46 ERA). Game time is 7:10 PM.

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  • beeker

    It was great to see everything come together the past few games: pitching, hitting and defense. I’d prefer a little less dependence on the long ball, but against a team as good as the Braves, I’m not going to complain much and just take it however it comes. Now if they can just get Bruce back on track…

  • beeker

    In the “For Whatever It’s Worth” department…
    While thinking about the Reds being 7-5 in the current 14 straight games against teams with winning records, I got to wondering how the Reds and Cards compare against winning teams. (If the Phillies or Pirates should surge to a winning record, they will alter these numbers.)
    The Reds have a total of 64 games against teams with winning records (as of today). 28 of those games have been played so far, going 14-14. They were 4-8 in the first 12, then 10-6 in the next 16. They play 21 more of these games (including these final two with the Braves) before the All-Star break, leaving a rather soft second half of the season with only 15 games against currently winners.
    The Cards have a total of 58 games against teams with winning records, having played only 15 of them so far. They are 6-9 in those, going 4-2 against the slow-starting Reds and 2-7 against everyone else. They play only 15 more games against currently winning teams before the All Star Break, leaving 28 games against current winners in the back half.
    If the Reds manage no more than to stay close to the Cards (within 5 games) through June, they have a great chance of running away with the division after the All-Star game.