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Mat Latos and Company Allow One Hit; Offense Shutout in 1-0 Loss to San Diego Padres

July 1st, 2014 at 10:04 PM
By Cody Dalga

It's not everyday you see a starting pitcher throw a seven inning one-hit outing like Mat Latos did, what's even worse is when you see a team allow just one run on one hit like the Cincinnati Reds did at Petco Park on Monday night and still lose.

"It's what makes baseball a great game — in this case, a painful game," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

The only hit for San Diego came in the second inning when Tommy Medica took a 1-2 slider from Latos and singled it into center field. 

"We saw a good slider and saw some funky swings on it," Padres manager Bud Black said of Latos who struck out four batters on the night. "You saw the good velocity, the good change and he had a good, deceptive arm angle that's tough to pick up."

The Cincinnati offense had several opportunities at some type of run production throughout the night. They loaded the bases with two outs in the second inning but Latos struck out to end the inning. In the seventh, Devin Mesoraco crushed a one-out double to left center field but was left stranded when Ryan Ludwick and Zack Cozart were retired. 

"It's baseball epitomized, really," Reds right fielder Jay Bruce said. "We had some opportunities. They made some good plays. We couldn't get the hit we needed. Mat did an unbelievable job. Sam did great. We just couldn't push one across. That's the way it goes.

The Padres lone run came in the fifth when Medica walked to lead off the inning, he then stole second before advancing to third on a fly ball. A fly ball to center field by Cameron Maybin was deep enough to have Medica score. 
 
The Reds, which had won five straight games coming into Monday nights affair, had scored the third most runs in the National League in the month of June (135 runs). It was the eighth time that Cincinnati had been shut out this year. 
 
They will look to rebound on Tuesday night with Mike Leake on the mound. 
Tags: Baseball, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, MLB, Ryan Ludwick, zack cozart

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