Apr 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Latos (55) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. (Photo Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

Reds/Pirates Game 3 Preview and Game Thread – 4/14/13


The other day I wrote of the Good Guys taking a gut punch in that 6-5 loss in the opening game of this series with the Pirates. Might say there could be a belated one after last night’s loss, too. Yep. I’m unfortunately referring to Johnny Cueto leaving the game with a triceps injury.

Today, the Reds turn to ace #2 Mat Latos to stop the slide. With the Cueto injury with a possible DL stint looming for Reds ace #1, Mat may have to take over as top dog on the Reds staff.

The Pirates will counter with Phil Irwin who is making his big league debut. The Pirates made Irwin the starter due to a hamstring issue with Wandy Rodriguez. To make room for Irwin of their roster, the Buccos optioned Cincy native and Princeton alum Josh Harrison to Triple-A.

Time to roll up those sleeves, get a win and bust that four-game losing streak. Who’s with me?

Probables Starting Pitchers

Reds: Mat Latos
2013: 0-0, 2.84 ERA, 1.026 WHIP
v. PIT: 4-0, 2.11 ERA, 1.096 WHIP
@ PNC Park: 1st appearance

Latos v. Pirates Batters

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Pedro Alvarez 17 13 3 0 0 0 0 4 6 .231 .412 .231 0 0 0 0 0
Clint Barmes 15 14 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 .071 .133 .143 0 0 0 0 1
Garrett Jones 15 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 .133 .133 .133 0 0 0 0 0
Neil Walker 15 12 2 1 0 0 2 3 2 .167 .333 .250 0 0 0 0 1
Andrew McCutchen 9 6 2 0 0 1 1 3 1 .333 .556 .833 0 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Sanchez 9 9 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 .111 .111 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Jose Tabata 9 7 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 .429 .556 1.000 0 0 0 1 0
Wandy Rodriguez 8 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .286 .286 .286 1 0 0 0 0
Gaby Sanchez 7 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 .000 .286 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Russell Martin 4 3 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 .333 .500 .667 0 0 0 0 0
Starling Marte 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
Michael McKenry 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Travis Snider 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 117 99 18 4 1 2 8 16 32 .182 .302 .303 1 0 0 1 3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/14/2013.


Pirates: Phil Irwin (MLB debut)
Welcome to the big time…I suppose.

Starting Lineups

Reds BA OBP SLG HR RBI   Pirates BA OBP SLG HR RBI
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF .341 .473 .591 3 6   1. Starling Marte (R) LF .341 .383 .432 0 5
2. Zack Cozart (R) SS .175 .171 .425 3 6   2. Travis Snider (L) RF .263 .364 .316 0 2
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B .278 .519 .361 0 2   3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF .243 .326 .486 2 9
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B .318 .340 .682 4 11   4. Garrett Jones (L) 1B .313 .313 .469 1 4
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF .280 .308 .380 0 5   5. Neil Walker (S) 2B .162 .279 .162 0 4
6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .308 .400 .590 3 10   6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B .086 .158 .086 0 1
7. Chris Heisey (R) LF .132 .175 .263 1 3   7. Michael McKenry (R) C .200 .333 .400 0 0
8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C .038 .161 .038 0 2   8. John McDonald (R) SS .000 .333 .000 0 0
9. Mat Latos (R) P .000 .200 .000 0 0   9. Phil Irwin (R) P .000 .000 .000 0 0


Are we seeing the end to Cozart’s early season funk? Moving up to #2 in the order saw him go 3-for-5 last night including a home run which accounted for the Good Guys only run. BP returns to the Reds starting nine after missing last night’s game. Hopefully, we won’t see Cincy going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position this afternoon. That was the case in last night’s game.

Pittsburgh moves Snider up to #2 and drops Walker down to the 5th slot. McKenry gets the starting nod as does McDonald. The ol’ day game after a night game deal, I guess.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    A little late…sigh. Good guys up tho!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Looks like BP struck again!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Here’s comes the Choo train. (Left one Choo out on purpose)

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Brewers-Cards is the MLB.tv free game today…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Crap…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Hitting the ball hard. Hope the rundown doesn’t bite ‘em in the behind.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Mat looking good thus far…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Reds already their third time through the order on Irwin.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    ToddFather with a steal of 2nd!

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Negated with a whiff…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Now we’re talking about gerbils? Rather hear about food…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Latos strikes out the side…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    And Kelch will gladly oblige Casey with more food references/promos

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Hani is in a MAJOR funk.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Can’t let the rookie settle in…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Cingrani pulled after 2nd inning and replaced by Reineke. On his way to Cincy…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Please don’t tell me the bats are snoozing again…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Votto now has 19 walks on the season? That’s simply crazy…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Votto with a steal of 2nd? Knee must be all right.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    BP with another run-scoring hit, driving in Votto. 5-0 Good Guys.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Hani busts his funk with a stinging single into left field.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Choo plunked again? Dang, that’s not Carlos Quentin at the plate…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Another Votto walk…hope BP makes ‘em pay again!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Not what I had in mind, but BP hammered that pitch.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Gotta figure this is the last inning for Latos. Will go over 100 pitches for the game.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Here comes Ondrusek…gah!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    And now Parra…double gah!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    That’s two inherited runners the bullpen allowed in this game…triple gah!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Now let’s get Frazier in!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    THAT was close.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Hannahan with a BIG pinch-hit single scoring Frazier. Good Guys up 6-4 now.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    That just sucks!