PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mat Latos, who was scheduled to pitch three innings in Sunday's 7-6 win over the A's, struggled with his command and recorded just two outs before being removed from the game.
Latos, making his second Cactus League start for the Padres, allowed three runs on two hits and two walks before left-hander Colt Hynes came on with two outs in the first inning. He was visibly frustrated with his outing, but said everything -- except the results -- was fine.
"I executed what I needed to do," Latos said. "I was finishing and falling through. I felt like I was throwing a lot more strikes than what were called. There's nothing I can do about it."
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The right-hander suffered control problems from the get-go, walking leadoff hitter Cliff Pennington before allowing a single to Daric Barton. Another walk to David DeJesus loaded the bases. Josh Willingham and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit sacrifice flies before Kurt Suzuki knocked Latos out of the game with an RBI double.
Latos threw 38 pitches and recorded just 21 strikes. It was similar to his first start of the spring on Tuesday, when he lasted just 1 1/3 innings and walked four batters. Only 15 of his 34 pitches went for strikes in that outing.
Latos, though, said he felt this outing was an improvement on his first start.
"It was fine," Latos said. "I made the correction I needed to. I was staying back."