10/11/12 7:40 PM ET
Latos takes the blame in series-ending loss
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Latos was on the mound for all six of the San Francisco Giants' runs, and threw the pitch that Buster Posey smashed into the left-field seats for a grand slam that stood up as the decisive blow. With a 6-4 Reds loss, Latos' debut season in Cincinnati was over.
He was standing at his locker when the clubhouse doors opened and reporters filed in.
"I let a couple of things get to me that shouldn't have," Latos said. "I made a mistake to Posey and he hit a grand slam. The only thing I can really say is I let down everybody. I let down the team, most importantly and the front office and the fans. I let things get to me. One hundred percent of this game is on me. I [messed] it up."
"It was aggravating that he got a hit off of me when I pretty much had him beat," Latos said.
The Giants took the lead when Latos threw a fastball down the middle to Brandon Crawford for an RBI triple. Two batters later, Angel Pagan reached on a run-scoring error charged to shortstop Zack Cozart, and Latos' aggravation increased with a four-pitch walk to Marco Scutaro.
Pablo Sandoval loaded the bases with a single, and Posey un-loaded them with a grand slam. It was the first off Latos in the right-hander's Major League career.
It was Latos' final batter. Reliever Sam LeCure was summoned to finish the inning.
Latos was 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA during the regular season, but cited plenty of room for improvement.
"Mental improvement," he said. "If I don't let those little things get to me, who knows now that if they score two runs and we win 3-2? Or they score three runs and we win 4-3? It was a mental error on me. I'm not making excuses. I screwed it up. This game is 100 percent on me. I let down my teammates, and that's what bugs me the most right now."