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Mat Latos and Todd Frazier Lead Cincinnati Reds to 1-0 Win Over Chicago Cubs

April 24th, 2013 at 9:54 PM
By Cody Dalga

Mat Latos pitched seven scoreless innings while striking out four and Todd Frazier hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

'Todd Frazier' photo (c) 2011, Andrew Mascharka Photography - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Latos, who earned his first win of the season, didn't allow a runner to reach third base until the eighth inning. However, he didn't even have his best stuff on the mound.

"I didn't have anything today," Latos said. "I had a four-seamer and a two-seamer, was all I had today. It was tough. Everybody in the big leagues can hit a fastball. It was just a matter of hitting my spots and being able to make key pitches when I needed to."

The first sign of trouble for Latos came in the eighth. Dioner Navarro drew a leadoff walk, and Luis Valbuena hit an infield single to the shortstop. Latos had thrown 103 pitches and his day was done. Jonathan Broxton came in to replace Latos and kept the shutout intact with a strikeout and groundout to end the threat. 

The Reds offense managed eight hits on the afternoon. The biggest one came off the bat of Todd Frazier in the bottom of the sixth. He took the 2-1 pitch from Jeff Samardzija and launched it 480 feet onto the center field party boat. 

"I was just trying to get that fastball. I haven't seen many of them lately," Frazier said. "When you get it, you've got to do something with it. … I took a couple of steps and kind of figured it was out. But I didn't really know how far until I looked up and saw it bounce off of the boat. It was pretty fun to watch."

The homerun was the seventh longest in Great American Ballpark history. Frazier was hitless in the series up until that at-bat. 

Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth giving up a single but the Cubs were unable to produce any more off of him. 

Shin-Soo Choo also extended his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 21. He singled in the first inning as well as the seventh. 

The win gave the Reds an 8-2 record on the home stand. They will now begin a 10-game stretch of being away from Great American Ballpark with four games against the National, three with the Cardinals, and three with the Cubs. 

 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Baseball, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Jonathan Broxton, Mat Latos, MLB, Shin-Soo Cho, todd frazier

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