Despite two losses to the Marlins and Cubs, the Reds still have a shot to secure an 8-2 homestand with a win today.  I don’t care who the Reds are playing, going 8-2 during any stretch of 8 games is pretty good. 

Mat Latos will take to the hill in search of his first victory of the season.  Latos has allowed 3 runs or fewer in each of his 4 starts this season and could just as easily be 4-0 rather than 0-0.  He’ll face off against the wide-receiver guy from Notre Dame in today’s afternoon faceoff.

It’s day game, and as per Redleg Nation tradition, tell your boss to shove it because you are watching the Reds game.  I know I will be watching from my computer today!  Go Reds!

A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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  1. The Cubs have a strong 1-2-3 punch with Wood, Villanueva, and Samardzija. Then it’s a long way down to Jackson and Feldman.

    If the rotation holds, the Reds will face Villanueva, Samardzija, and Jackson next weekend.

    • @renbutler: Wood has been extremely lucky on balls in play thus far this year. Also, his walk to K ratio is pretty terrible. 2.08 ERA and 4.44 xFIP.

      He’s a good 4th starter, but hardly intimidating at the top of the rotation.

  2. That wasn’t even close.

  3. I hope we start getting Latos some wins because he’s looking like a legit Cy Young contender. If he’s having this good of an April just imagine when he really gets rolling in the summer.

  4. It’s good that the Cubs have a running game too.

  5. Not to be greedy, but can we score Latos at least a couple more runs here?

  6. Latos still looking sharp, and with a low enough pitch count to go 8. Hand off to Chapman for the 9th.

  7. Latos at 90 pitches through 7 innings. He should be good for facing 6-7-8 next inning. Then Chapman in the ninth.

    • Latos at 90 pitches through 7 innings. He should be good for facing 6-7-8 next inning. Then Chapman in the ninth.

      You and Al are making too much sense. Prepare for sadness.

  8. Have there been any interviews with Latos about him overcoming his April struggles yet? I’d love to know what if anything he’s changed to get past it. Last year he was ice cold this month and now he’s just strong.

  9. Cubs aren’t playing by the rules if the 6-7-8 guys bat in the eighth. They are supposed to be saved for Chapman in the 9th. Stupid Cubs.

  10. Hey look Choo’s on base.

  11. Choo 2 for 4 but lowers his OBP. More Choo.

  12. Choo’s been banking them up the box all day.

  13. Cozart is almost an automatic double play now. Dusty really has to move him back. I’d rather have Heisey batting #2.

    • Cozart is almost an automatic double play now. Dusty really has to move him back. I’d rather have Heisey batting #2.

      (Assuming bitter Reds fan guy) “Well, Cozart saved Votto from striking out again and making that contract stink even more.”

    • @eric nyc: Why not Frazier? Or Phillips and Frazier #4?

      It doesn’t make any sense to have someone who isn’t one of your 5 best hitters getting the second most ABs. There is no argument for that.

      • @al: Well assuming your options are Cozart and Heisey…We are talking about Dusty Baker here. Barring a trade or a miraculous recovery from Ludwick, BP isn’t going anywhere. And Frazier doesn’t have the patience to bat 2nd.

  14. Cozart has been the Choo eraser in this game.

  15. 4 out of 5 dentists approve of using this Chooing tobacco. The 5th was a bitter Indians fan.

  16. Broxton warming up. I assume that’s just in case he’s needed in this inning. Would think they’d go ahead and have Chapman at least walking around by now.

  17. Think Latos might be done. That last pitch was ugly.

  18. Trust your defense here, Latos. Coax that grounder.

  19. Gotta be his last batter if he reaches. Probably should be.

  20. Jeez, all Mat can do is THROW strikes. The umpire has a responsibility to call a strike a strike!

  21. Should have pulled Latos after the walk…

  22. Now this should be Chapman… get some K’s, get out of the deal.

  23. Getting a little hairy….

  24. Reds really need this game, I would have used a fresh Broxton for the 8th and Chappy in the 9th.

  25. Ughh…

  26. If this game goes to extra innings i quit…

  27. Yeah seems like we see this a lot. A one-run lead with an outstanding effort by the starter; and because he has pitched so well you give him a ittle extra slack which has bad results. With this offense right now the Reds have no room for error. Too bad.

  28. Latos was really unlucky on Valbuena’s “hit” — a soft ground ball that a foot or two to either side is a double play.

  29. Gotta set up the double play now.

  30. Why are they playing the infield so far back?

  31. Reds need to get Cozart out of hitting #2 and put him in the back of the order. He is killing them. Heisey would not be much better. I would have Xavier Paul play LF and hit 2nd.

  32. pitching to soriano here in a 1-run game is stupid.

  33. Go up and away for the K now.

  34. Is the pitch tracker out of calibration? Or is Soriano really swinging at pitches over a foot inside?

  35. Alright. One more tough out to go.

  36. broxton coming through there. that was a huge k.

  37. BANG!!! Way to go Brox.

  38. Walk DeJesus to face Borbon.

  39. Come on big boy…one more…

  40. 16,462 on hand for today’s titanic struggle, 16,462.

  41. Wow that was close.

  42. Nice play from Cozart.

  43. Way to go Broxton! That’s how you strand some runners! (With an assist from Cozy)

  44. Incredible play by Cozart there, wow.

  45. well, there you go cozart, that was a great play. had him played just right up the middle.

  46. OK. Cozart is totally forgiven for all his errors this week. And maybe even his DP last inning. What a fantastic play by Zack Cozart.

  47. What a play by Cozart

  48. Cozart ! I thought it would at least be an IF hit to tie up the score. Good job by Broxton.

  49. What an absolutely sensational job by the Brox-town! He has now officially completed the conversion from a thrower to a top-shelf pitcher to be feared.

  50. Joey has been 0-1 the last 3 AB’s.

  51. 3 K’s for Joey today…man that 2 game run he went on really had me thinking he had pulled it together. I wish we would have given him today off. We’ll need him for the road trip.

  52. I didn’t realize how good of a defensive play that was from Cozart until I saw the replay. I knew he covered a lot of ground, but I didn’t realize he threw it across his body as he was falling into right field…wow.

    • @eric nyc: Yeh I was thinking as he gloved it, nice play to keep the score tied. Didn’t see an out at first coming at all.

  53. Cubs announcer: “I might be tempted to pinch hit for Ted Williams against Aroldis Chapman.”

  54. Hopefully I’ll see Cozarts play on ESPN highlights. I definitely want see it.

  55. that was a fugly swing by sappelt

  56. Chapman hasn’t thrown anything but a fastball yet. Totally regressed to a thrower. What a waste of talent.

  57. 15 fastballs…

  58. 16 fastballs…

    • @eric nyc: Yes 16 fastballs and one slider. He’s been using the slider pretty effectively this year though. He uses it against tough RHed hitters. A slider against Rizzo would have been a good idea.

  59. This from MLB.com’s Gamecast:

    “Aroldis Chapman is taking a chance challenging Anthony Rizzo in a location where he is hitting .364 for the season compared to .171 overall.”

    No no no, Aroldis Chapman laughs at chance. Then he throws a 100 MPH fastball right by it.

  60. a win’s a win, and i’ll take a homestand like this all year. but you’d have liked these games against the cubs to have had a little more breathing room.

    • @al: Sure but they were 3 games against 2 hot starting pitchers and then their ace.

  61. 17 fastballs and the win. I love that Chapman can put the boot down, but he’s becoming the equivalent of putting a fat guy in front of the goal in hockey. Sooner or later you’re going to have to get this guy comfortable with other pitches…

  62. Nice win ! The Cubs tv broadcasters are much better than their radio broadcasters. They were saying that if Chapman is going to be used in relief, why not in high leverage situations like today’s 8th inning. Today of course Mr. Broxton did an excellent job in the 8th, he handled Soriano as well as anyone could.

  63. Does that make the Reds 9-2 over their last 9 games!?

  64. Good win for the Reds and in only 9 innings to boot. Can’t say enough about Latos performance today, awesome would be a good start though. On to D.C. and some more wins for the Redlegs. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  65. chapman did throw one slider in the game. just sayin.

    • @al: Right 16 fastballs and one slider (for a ball). Was just saying above, I notice that this year so far he uses it on dangerous RHed hitters.

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A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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