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Mat Latos, the Red Lion, dominates in Padres 3-0 victory

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I like to think of the five Padres starting pitchers as the five robotic lions that combine to form Voltron.  Each lion and pitcher with their own strengths and weaknesses, but when they transform and unite they are unstoppable.

I used to love Voltron back in the 80's. I remember I had the toys, I had a t-shirt and I watched the cartoon.  Each episode usually ended the same way. The five lions would be forced to protect their planet from an evil robot or monster.  The evil entity would always have the upper hand swatting away each lion's individual attack, until they would decide to join and become Voltron.  Then Voltron would apply an ass whooping the likes of which you would never believe.  Now that I think about it, I don't know why they bothered to fight as separate lions except to create tension.

In this analogy Mat Latos must be the Red Lion, the powerful right arm of Voltron... the powerful right arm of the Padres rotation. Latos even sounds like the description of Lance, the pilot of the Red Lion.

He is a tall man, both wiry and wily, Lance is always cracking jokes and teasing others whenever he gets the chance. He is the only one in the group who contests any of Keith's commands. He is a ladies' man and a great pilot, though reckless at times.


I doubt anybody knows what I'm talking about, so let's get back to baseball where even I don't know what I'm talking about.

Anyway the game was a pitchers duel as promised between Roy Oswalt and Mat Latos, with the game remaining scoreless until the bottom of the 8th inning. 

Padres centerfielder Anthony Gwynn Jr. let his genes lead the way as he hammered a ball through the 5.5 hole. David Eckstein followed with a double to the left field wall driving in the first run of the game. The Padres were finally on the board.

With first base open the Astros intentionally walked Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley drew a walk right behind him.  With the bases loaded Scott Hairston hit a ball to left that scored two more runs cementing the Padres win.

Go Padres! Go Voltron!


Final - 7.2.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston Astros 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 X 3 6 0
WP: Mat Latos (9 - 4)
SV: Heath Bell (22)
LP: Brandon Lyon (5 - 2)

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