Let me tell you I really hate Mat Latos. Man, I’m serious. I hate that guy. The 25 year old right hander stopped the Dodgers and their winning streak cold in their tracks, as his dominant performance stymied the Dodgers resulting in a 5-2 loss at home on Vin Scully bobble head night. Latoes won his tenth game, as he allowed one earned run on eight hits. He only whiffed four, but induced 14 ground ball outs. The Dodgers just couldn’t get anything going off of Latos all night.
Here are some things that annoy me during Baseball games. I’ll list them in order.
1. Allowing deflating first inning runs to opponents. The Dodgers did that as Zack Greinke lost to the Reds for the first time ever. He was 4-0 coming in against Cincinnati. Of course right out of the gate he allowed a first inning home run to former Dodger Xavier Paul. Then in the second he allowed a Todd Frazier double down the line, and an RBI flare single from another former Dodger Cesar Izturis. Greinke would go on to allow four runs on six hits in seven innings. He whiffed four, but also gave up a two-run home run to Jay Bruce that extended the Red’s lead to 4-1 at the time. Greinke picks up his third loss of the season.
2. Scoring a bazillion runs on the road and then coming home and only scoring two, while still getting nine hits. Of course I know, Fatigue must have played a factor, and Latos is tough, but 0 for 9 with RISP is still annoying. One was scored on a grounder and manufactured by Yaisel Puig. The Dodgers second run came in the eighth when Crawford doubled and scored on another ground out. Which brings me to number 3.
3. Only scoring runs on ground outs is irritating. You read it right. Just aggravating. Score runs on base hits guys. Seriously. I’m not kidding.
4. Being forced to watch Carlos Marmol pitch. Watching Marmol pitch is like being tortured. He is so bad that I won’t even get into why the hell he was brought into a game that was still within reach in the top of the ninth. There is no reason for him being here anyways. Why is he here?
5. Former Dodgers are not our friends. What the hell is with all these former Dodgers on the Reds right now? Xavier Paul? Cesar Izturis? My lord, I half expected for Lenny Harris to come out of retirement to hit a grand slam.
6. Did I mention how much I don’t like Mat Latos? He had never won at Dodger stadium before! (0-5 in his career)
7. If Xavier Paul wants us to pronounce his name with a space in the middle of X and avier then he better stop hitting home runs against us, ok XAVIER. Huh?! Catch my drift?
What it comes down to is that the Dodgers just can’t win every game. The Reds are a tough team and latos is a good pitcher. Although the Dodgers haven’t been scoring much at home the last few games. That could be disconcerting. Yasiel Puig has two hits though, so that’s cool right?
Whatever. The Dodger win streak is over. So let’s just start a new one. Sucks that Arizona beat the Cubs and now the Dodger’s lead is back to just a half game over the Snakes. Well at least we’re still in first right? Positive thinking guys. Onward and upward, onward and upward.
Shin-Soo Choo taps out to the box to open the top of the first frame. Former Dodger Xavier Paul goes yard into the right center field pavilions. The Reds are up 1-0 before the seats are warm. Then Joey Votto flares a single to left. Greinke recovers and induces Brandon Phillips into an inning ending double play.
Mat Latos whiffs Carl Crawford to open the bottom of the first. Yasiel Puig is robbed of a hit when Votto makes a leaping catch of his line drive. Adrian Gonzalez singles over the head of Brandon Phillips, but Hanley Ramirez’s force out ends the inning. 1-0 Reds after one.
Greinke continues to serve up the hits like hot cakes in the top of the second. Jay Bruce flies out to left. Todd Frazier’s slow roller down the line gets by a diving Hairston. Devin Mesoraco’s grounder moves Frazier over to third. The Dodgers could have intentionally walked number 8 hitter and another former Dodger Cesar Izturis, but instead, Greinke pitches to him, and of course he dunks one into center for an RBI single. That makes it 2-0 Reds. Lame. I mean how many ex-Dodgers do the Reds have?? Latos whiffs of course, and that’s the third out.
Latos retires the Dodgers easily on three grounders in the bottom of the second. Greinke does the same in the top of the third. He gets a little bit of revenge by whiffing X-man.
Move to the bottom of the fourth. With the score still 2-0 Reds, Puig leads off with a single to center. Puig’s fake to second causes Cincinnati center fielder Shin-Soo Choo to make a offline throw to first that bounces into the stands. Puig is allowed to go to third on the throwing error. Gonzo’s ground out scores Puig to put the Dodgers on the board. Hanley then reaches on an infield single up the middle. Hanley then steals second. Ethier lines out to right, which is the second out. A.J. Ellis grounds to third stranding Hanley at second. But the Dodgers get one, and it’s 2-1 going to the fifth.
The Reds threaten again in the top of the fifth. Punxatony boy Devin Mesoraco singles to center. Izturis’s force out advances Mesoraco to second. Latos is whiffed for out number two. Hairston makes a good play to charge and throw on the run on Choo’s slow roller to third to end the frame.
The Dodgers hit into some bad luck in the bottom of the fifth. Hairston gets a one-out single. Greinke sacrifices him over to second. Crawford’s line drive goes right into Latos’s mitt. No dice for the Dodgers.
Grenke of course metls down like a summer’s popsicle in the top of the sixth. After getting an impressive double play on Votto. Grienke blows it all with two outs. Phillips is hit by a pitch in the foot. Then there’s a wild pitch that sends Phillips to second. Jay Bruce crushes a Greinke meatball into the left field pavilion. That makes it 4-1 Reds.
The Dodgers had a look at the game in the bottom of the seventh. Schumaker a two-out single that hits the second base bag. Hairston draws a walk. Pinch-hitter Nick Punto comes to the plate and just stands there and looks at three straight fastballs down the pipe. Why he didn’t try to swing at least one of those pitches I’ll never know.
More trouble for the Dodgers in the top of the eighth, fortunately nothing comes of it. J.P. Howell is on the mound for Greinke. Choo singles. Pinch-hitter Chris Heisey whiffs. Then Votto singles to center, but Hanley does some kind of funny fake out, which confuses Choo. The lead runner stops in between first and second as Votto screams at him to run. Ethier fired the ball back in and the Dodgers catch Choo in a rundown between first and second, tagging him out. Hanley should get the Oscar for that one. But then Votto steals second. Phillips is intentionally walked. Howell gets Bruce swinging and the Dodgers get out of it.
The Dodgers threaten in the bottom of the eighth. Crawford doubles into the gap. Heisey makes a dive for it but can’t get it. Crawford goes to third on Puig’s grounder, and then scores on Gonzo’s grounder. Hanley singles, and then that’s all for Latos. Left hander Manny Parra barely gets Ethier as he smashes a scorcher but right at Izturis. 4-2 Cincy after eight frames.
The top of the ninth was perplexing and beyond frustrating so I’ll just breeze through it quick. Of course it involved newly crowned king Bum Carlos Marmol. Why Mattingly brought him in I have no clue. There was a single, two straight comebackers that were force outs. A walk to Jack Hannahan. Choo singles up the middle, as Marmol tried to throw his glove at the ball like an idiot. Seriously Carlos you look foolish. Finally after several mound visits, Marmol whiffs Heisey to mercifully end the frame. Now it’s 5-2 Reds though.
Enter Aroldis Chapman, flame thrower. He blows away AJ with a 102 MPH heater. Mark Ellis singles to right. Then Hairston pathetically and predictably whiffs swinging on a 3-2 pitch. With Uribe at-bat, Chapman uncorks a wild pitch, that sends M.Ellis to third. Uribe works a walk, to put runners at first and third. Crawford being the last chance for the Dodgers lines out to left fielder Heisey, and the Dodgers lose game one to the Reds 5-2.
I guess Greinke will have to just wait until next start for his 100 win. I don’t like this losing. It’s bad for business I tell you. Bad. The Dodgers will come back at it tomorrow night at 7:10 PM. Homer Bailey will counter Clayton Kershaw in game two. Hopefully Homer gives up a lot of homers tomorrow. I’m accustomed to wining now. Don’t make us relive the horrors of losery Dodgers, because this losing thing is not cool. And this losing thing on Vin Scully Bobble head night is especially uncool.