Against the Phillies on Saturday, Mat Latos demonstrated both the raw talent that makes him a potentially dominant pitcher and the inconsistency that baffles many inside the organization.

The good Latos: after giving up a three-run home run to Chase Utley in the first inning, the 6-foot-6 right-hander didn't allow another run his last five innings. He was particularly resilient in the sixth.

With the Padres having just scored three runs to tie the game, Latos allowed leadoff singles to Shane Victorino and Chase Utley. But he escaped the jam, retiring the next three batters, finishing the day with his seventh strikeout.

The bad Latos: the three-run first. Jimmie Rollins led off with a double. One out later, Latos walked Victorino, then came Utley's three-run homer.