Tuesday August 25, 2009
After giving up 12 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings over his last two starts, San Diego Padres future ace Mat Latos rebounded well to hold the Atlanta Braves scoreless through 7 innings.
In a dominating performance, Latos allowed only 2 singles and no walks while striking out 4 in just 89 pitches.
In an effort by the Padres brass to not overtax his arm after he only pitched 56 innings in 2008, Latos is likely to get just one more start this season. This should bring his innings pitched to about 120 on the 2009 season between 3 levels of baseball.
Legions of Padres "stathead" fans are hoping that Latos doesn't pitch more than 5 1/3 innings in next start and keeps his major league innings pitched under 50 so that he will still be officially a rookie next season.
Unfortunately, the Padres bullpen, in a determined effort, blew the 1-0 lead Latos left them with. Luke Gregerson loaded the bases before getting through the 8th without giving up a run and in the 9th, Heath Bell gave up a two out single to blow his 3rd save of the season.
Gregerson and Bell gave up 3 times as many base runners in 2 innings than Latos gave up in 7 innings.