The Closer: Reyes breaks out of slump

April, 21, 2010
4/21/10
2:40
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Vernon Wells stays red hot and Jose Reyes breaks out. We tell you why in this edition of The Closer.

Hitters of the Night

Jose Reyes, NYM: 4-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Jose Reyes broke out of an 0-17 slump in a big way Tuesday, collecting his first four-hit game since July 26, 2008. Reyes did two things Tuesday he had not been doing this season: hit with two strikes and hit pitches thrown on the outer two-thirds of the plate. Reyes was 2-3 with two strikes on him (1-19 in first nine games). Against pitches on the outer two-thirds Reyes was 3-4 Tuesday after entering the game 1-27 on those pitches.


Vernon Wells, TOR: 3-4, HR, 2 2B, 2 BB

Vernon Wells continues his hot start to the 2010 season and has done so of late by looking for, and connecting with, offspeed pitches. All three of Wells' hits Tuesday came against offspeed stuff, his fourth game in his last eight with multiple hits off offspeed pitches.


The Padres beat the Giants 1-0 in a pitchers duel. Mat Latos allowed just 4 hits in 7 innings to beat Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez was a tough-luck loser as the Giants gave up just 1 hit on the night - to Chase Headley - who would come around to score on a Scott Hairston sac fly.

Why Padres starter Mat Latos won:

- Hitters went 1-15 (1 K) vs fastball (9-22 in previous two starts).

- Finished off 13 of 14 hitters that reached two strikes despite striking out just two.


Why Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez Deserved to win:

- Generated a career-high 23 swinging strikes (21 combined in previous two starts).

- Hitters missed 13 of 31 swings (42 percent) and struck out 5 times against fastball after missing just three of 36 (8 percent) and striking out three times in previous two starts.

- Threw 70 percent of offspeed pitches for strikes (MLB avg: 61) and got hitters to chase 50 percent of offspeed pitches out of the strike zone (MLB avg: 31).

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