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Padres' Latos throws one-hitter to beat Giants

May 13, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

latos headshot.jpgPadres right-hander Mat Latos fired a complete game shutout on Thursday afternoon against the Giants, allowing only one hit and fanning six batters over nine impressive innings.  The Friars escaped with a 1-0 victory.

Latos, 22, retired the first 15 batters he faced before surrendering an infield hit to Eli Whiteside to open the sixth inning.  He needed only 106 pitches in the quick, two-hour game, and has now strung together quite a few impressive starts.  Latos also shut out the Astros last time out and has a 0.97 WHIP through seven outings this season.

The Padres stand 22-12 on the year and boast a 3.5-game lead over the Giants in the National League West standings.  Latos, despite his 3-3 record, deserves much of the credit for the excellent start.

  1. Drakos - May 13, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Latos also drove in the only run of the game and the one hit was a infield single off his glove with the runner barely beating the throw.
    It’s going to be a real shame if the Padres are contending at the end of the year and he hits his inning limit and gets sat down for the rest of the season.

  2. Mike G. - May 13, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    Shame Sanchez had to lose. He’s quietly been putting up a great season himself.

  3. Drakos - May 13, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    It is strange that Sanchez has lost twice to Latos this year and both games were 1-0. And they are scheduled to face off again in 5 days.

  4. Tom - May 14, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    At least he can blame himself this time, giving up 3 hits. Terrible!

  5. Sam - May 14, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    Yeah it is the Padres, but everyone really should take a step back to appreciate how close we were to having a second perfect game this season. Both would have come from teams that very few people care about. Living in San Diego it really is a shame seeing PetCo so empty…

  6. BC - May 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Who the bleep is this guy?

  7. Tim S. - May 14, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    @BC: Someday he’ll start an interleague game against the Yankees or Red Sox and then the rest of the country can learn about him. Until then, Latos is a 22 year old kid that could be the next Padres ace. He began last season in Class A Fort Wayne, moved up to AA San Antonio, and then skipped AAA altogether when he got called up to the bigs by the Padres. San Diego shut him down before the 2009 ended to save his arm. They plan to do the same again in 2010, again to preserve his arm. I’m really hoping I get to see one of his starts at Petco Park this year.

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