How sweep it is.
The vision of Luis Castillo making 33 starts for the 2018 Reds should provide comforting thoughts during the cold winter months.
Luis Castillo saved his best for last. In easily his most dominant start, Castillo threw 111 pitches over eight innings. His fastball stayed between 97-99 mph throughout and hit 99 in the 8th. Castillo struck out 10 – a career high – and walked none. That’s zero, nada, zilch, zip, nothing, goose egg. For your consideration:
- Luis Castillo (24): 3.12 ERA, 3.40 xFIP
- Dan Straily (28): 3.91 ERA, 4.70 xFIP
Kevin Shackelford delivered pizza in the 9th, with the Reds 11th strikeout.
The Reds jumped on Brewers starter Matt Garza for five runs in the 3rd inning. Consecutive singles by Zack Cozart, Joey Votto, Adam Duvall and Eugenio Suarez, plus a bases-loaded walk by Scott Schebler and an error on a ground ball by Jose Peraza gave the Reds their second 5-run inning in as many days.
Cozart added a run with his 18th home run, a solo shot in the 7th. Peraza tacked on a run in the 8th inning with his 5th homer.
Jesse Winker says he’s close to returning. (Mark Sheldon) Winker (24) has been on the 10-day DL since Aug. 25 with a left hip flexor strain. Winker is batting .297/.402/.500 with four HR in 30 games with the Reds.
Billy Hamilton left the game after injuring his left thumb attempting to bunt in the 1st inning. He’s having an MRI.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.