|Cincinnati Reds (42-63)||6||9||0|
|Miami Marlins (49-54)||4||5||1|
|W: Castillo (2-4) L: Straily (7-7)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Over the off-season, young Luis Castillo was acquired from the Marlins in exchange for Dan Straily. Today, the two pitchers faced off against each other in Miami.
Castillo won today’s battle with a brilliant start: eight innings, one run allowed on three hits. He walked one and struck out six. Castillo was nothing short of dominant all day. To wit, his final — and 106th — pitch of the day was a 97-mph fastball.
This kid is good.
–Tucker Barnhart was the offensive star today, with a couple of run-scoring singles and a walk. In the second, Barnhart drove in Eugenio Suarez with a single to center. In the seventh, he drove in two more, giving the Reds a 6-1 lead.
–Jose Peraza reached base four times, on two hits and — get this — two walks, including one that came with bases loaded. Suarez and Billy Hamilton each had a single and walked twice.
–Peraza didn’t have an official error, but he was shaky at shortstop today. The first hit surrendered by Castillo was actually booted by Peraza, and probably should have been scored an error. Castillo’s second hit allowed was on a ball up the middle that likely would have been corralled by a healthy Zack Cozart.
–Raisel Iglesias came on to pitch the ninth with a five-run lead. After a single, a walk, a strikeout, and a three-run home run (off the bat of Miami’s Marcell Ozuna), the score was 6-4. Fortunately, he quickly collected two more outs, securing the victory.
–The losing streak of six games is over. The Reds’ winning streak now stands at one game.
–How about that Luis Castillo, eh? Castillo is the first Reds starter to pitch into the eighth inning since May.
–Are there two more electric arms in the big leagues than Castillo and Iglesias, Cincinnati’s two pitchers today? Those guys are fun to watch.
–Peraza has five walks in his last 14 games. He also had five walks in his first 90 games. Is this just noise, or is Peraza trying to be more selective at the plate? Too soon to say. But we can hope, right?
–This has been a miserable second half, and one win today doesn’t change that. But at least Castillo and Peraza gave us something to smile about this afternoon. Now go out there and try to enjoy the rest of your Sunday.