There were 216 pitches thrown tonight between tonight's contest between the Reds and the Cubs. 108 thrown by the Cubs. 108 thrown by the Reds. And in the end it was 1 pitch that decided the game. A cutter that didn't cut inside enough to Brandon Phillips wound up in the left field bleachers and gave the Reds a 2-0 lead that they would never give up. Travis wood was great tonight, but mat Latos was greater. Baseball everybody. Got to love it. Let's get in our jockeys and be brief.
THE PITCHER WHO.
Can't ask much more from Travis Wood than what you got tonight. 8 innings pitched, 2 runs, 4 hits one walk while striking out 5. If we want to be overly critical we could say that Travis Wood got away with a few cutters that didn't quite cut inside. But that's picking at the nittiest of nits. Wood went 8 against a great Reds lineup and was one pitch away from matching Mat Latos, who was outstanding. James Russell threw the 9th.
YOU BE ME FOR AWHILE, I'LL BE YOU.
Perhaps it was Kim Dejesus' husband's abstract center fielding the past couple of days, but Dale Sveum flip flopped outfielders tonight- putting Junior Lake in centerfield and Dejesus in left. The move paid off as Dejesus threw out Devin Mesoraco after he tried to extend a single in the gap into a triple. Lake's routes to the ball might be a skosh better than Dejesus, but he's younger and quicker and his speed more than made up for it. Chances are we will see more of this the rest of the season.
VENTI CAFFE LATOS
Rarely do we use a bullet point on the opposition. But Mat latos was the flat out truth tonight. The obnoxious Reds announcers said that might have been one of the best pitching performances by a Reds pitcher all year with Homer Bailey's no-hitter being the lone exception. Power power power. And utter relentlessness. It's not fair to go from Latos to Alroidis Chapman. Probably shouldn't have gone to Chapman at all. Latos only threw 94 pitches. But Dusty baker airing on the side of caution.....maybe that's something we should just sit back and appreciate. Don't happen much.
So that happened. Nobody was hitting Mat latos tonight. The Cubs were the unfortunate ones to be in his way. Waters remain deep as Homer Bailey takes the mound tomorrow night vs a looking to rebound Jeff Samardzija. That's a pitching matchup. One that could come down, to one pitch. Hopefully, It's a Reds pitch. Onwards.