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Padres defeat Latos, Reds 1-0 in series opener

Former Friar pitches well, but Padres scrape by.

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

What we had tonight was a good old fashioned pitchers duel. And with a former Padre, who many did not want to see get traded, pitching against a young Padres phenom you would not want it any other way. Former Friar Mat Latos was brilliant only allowing 1 hit. Whilst youngster Jesse Hahn went 5 shutout innings while striking out a career high 9 batters topping his previous high of 8 he whiffed in his previous outing.

As with most pitcher's duels the game had its share of defensive highlights. In the first inning with one out and runner on first Cameron Maybin chased down a Joey Votto fly ball to make a sliding catch and double off the runner at first base. Carlos Quentin, making his first start in 5 days, crashed into the left field wall to make a grab in the 5th to rob Zack Cozart and in the 7th made a diving catch to rob Cozart again and this time possibly save a run. Cameron Maybin would get in on the action again with a running grab with his back to the infielder to make sure Skip Schumaker returned to the bench unhappy.

As mentioned the Padres only got 1 hit in the game, however they would not need one in the bottom of the 5th to score their only run. Tommy Medica started off the inning with a base on balls and then would swipe second base. Cameron Maybin and Everth Cabrera would follow that by hitting fly balls. The first moved Medica to third base and the second plated him for the decisive run.

Jesse Hahn labored a bit in this outing. He burned through 97 pitches in just 5 innings. His stuff was a little erratic, but it only led to 2 walks. He mostly just had to battle and earn each of his outs including those 9 Ks. Uncharacteristically the Padres gave him a lead before he was officially pulled from the game, so he got to tally his 4th major league win. Blaine Boyer continued his scoreless streak for the season with 1 shutout inning in the 6th to maintain his 0.00 ERA. After that the combo of Dale Thayer, Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street were able to put up zeros and close the game down.

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