The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Mat Latos allowed just a single hit - a single - and just one run in his 7 innings of work tonight, striking out four and walking just a single Friar. The San Diego Padres mustered just a single run off their former starter, and that didn't even come courtesy of their lone hit on the evening, as Latos kept the worst offense in the history of all time major leagues in check. Unfortunately, the Cincinnati Reds' bats couldn't quite get their act together in a Petco friendly way.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Todd Frazier, who went 1 for 3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a deep fly ball that was a nearlydinger in the 8th; and Devin Mesoraco, who went 1 for 2 with a rope of a double and HBP.
- The one and only run of the game came in the Bottom of the 5th off Latos thanks to Tommy Medica, walks haunting, and a pile of Padres' small-ball. Medica walked to lead off the inning, and he ventured to 2B via stolen base. Medica then tagged and motored to 3B on a deep fly ball to CF from Cameron Maybin, and he scored on a sac fly from Everth Cabrera. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- Despite loud outs hit by Joey Votto, Todd Frazier, Skip Schumaker, and Zack Cozart, a comical late inning strike zone to the likes of Brandon Phillips and Votto, and continual great pitching, the Reds couldn't muster more than three hits, none of which materialized as a run. Reds lose, 1-0.
- The rest of the NL Central contenders had the evening off, so the Reds dropped a half-game on them in the still-to-early-to-bother-with standings.
- The Reds signed 2nd round draft pick Taylor Sparks to a contract during the game, and about a half-hour later they signed their 1st rounder, Nick Howard, too.
- Thus endeth the greatest win streak of the 2014 season so far. There will be another one, and soon.