Mat Latos had the misfortune of being on the mound when Freddie Freeman felt compelled to show his appreciation to the fans for getting him voted into the All-Star game. A couple of hours after Freeman found out he won the NL Final Vote, he ruined Latos' night by driving in four runs in a 6-5 Atlanta Braves victory over the Reds at Turner Field. Latos said it was more him than Freeman on his big day. "It's not who I face," Latos said. "It could be Babe Ruth. I'm not going to shy away from anyone or be scared. Not taking away from anyone. Freddie Freeman is a good hitter, but when I have my best stuff against his best, it would be a good battle." Latos did not have his best stuff. He went four innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out seven. It was his shortest outing of the year. He equaled season-highs for earned runs and hits allowed. "That lineup is stacked one through eight," Latos said. "It's hard to not give up hard-hit balls when you're throwing the ball right down the middle. I just couldn't make the adjustment. I made a couple adjustments when I needed it, but, all in all, the ball was right down the middle of the plate." Reds manager Dusty Baker thought Latos deserved better from home plate umpire Andy Fletcher. "He made some good pitches that looked like strikes from over there," Baker said. "You don't want to second-guess the umpire, but he had a tight zone tonight." Latos left trailing 6-3. The bullpen held it right there. It was the 10th straight scoreless game for the relief corps, a new club record. The bullpen extended its overall scoreless streak to 31 2/3 innings.
Reds fall to Braves, 6-5
Cincinnati Enquirer | Jul 12