Mat Latos is showing the trade was a good one if you can put a lot of faith in spring training results. Latos became the second pitcher to work five innings for Cincinnati. He gave up a home run to Julio Borbon, leading off the game but just three harmless hits after that.
Meanwhile, he and his teammates banged out seven doubles. He hit his off Scott Feldman in the second inning. Zack Cozart, Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen doubled in order to plate two runs in the first inning. Devin Mesoraco hit two doubles and Cozart hit another double to give him six extra base hits in five games.
Paul Janish hit a two-run single and Dionner Navarro hit a solo home run off Joe Beimel.
Latos was the key though.
"He threw very well," Dusty Baker said of the pitcher that cost the Reds three number one draft picks and Edinson Volquez. "His slider was outstanding and he located his fastball for strike one. You can do a lot of things when you do that."
The Reds wanted Latos ability to work deep into games to save its bullpen and so far, the results indicate that he will be able to do that. He finished five innings before his pitch count was up so he completed his work in the bullpen after he was lifted.
Nick Masset, Logan Ondrusek and Sam LeCure each pitched a scoreless inning. Ron Mahay was touched for a run in the ninth.
Ironically, Volquez will pitch for San Diego against the Reds tomorrow night.