The Short Version: No offense. Horrible defense. Swept by a team who actually tried to improve their roster in the off-season. I tire of this.
|Milwaukee Brewers (19-13)||3||12||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (7-24)||1||4||3|
|W: Miley (1-0) L: Castillo (1-4) S: Jeffress (2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Welcome back, Luis Castillo. Mere days after I opined in print that Castillo was going to be fine — or better — the big right-hander turned in his best outing of the young season thus far. Castillo pitched six innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, with seven strikeouts and just one walk. That walk actually came to start the seventh inning, after which manager Jim Riggleman replaced Castillo with Amir Garrett.
At times, he looked like the dominant Castillo of last season. At times, he struggled with command. But in the end, Castillo pitched into the seventh inning, and we finally got a glimpse of the guy we were expecting this season.
–Garrett entered with a runner on and no outs…and proceeded to do what Amir Garrett does: 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.
–Alex Blandino had a single and two walks.
–Forget what he does offensively — and he walked twice tonight, scoring one run — but Eugenio Suarez made at least two gorgeous defensive plays tonight. Also: don’t forget what Suarez does offensively. I was kidding about that. (Also, I wrote this paragraph before he committed an error. I’ll note that below. He still made a couple of good plays!)
–One run. Four hits. Three errors. That’s your summary for tonight’s game, and for the 2018 season as a whole.
–Adam Duvall was 0 for 4 again tonight, and he’s now “hitting” .163/.248/.356 on the season. With the Reds down 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Duvall came to the plate with Suarez on base, representing the tying run. He popped out harmlessly.
Just a brutal start to 2018 for the former All-Star.
–Jose Peraza, Blandino, and Suarez made throwing errors (though Peraza later made a nice bare-handed play at shortstop).
–The Reds were swept, and they are now 7-24 on the season. Seven. And. Twenty-four. I tire of this.
–It’s difficult not to notice that the Reds were swept tonight by a team that actually tried to improve its roster in the off-season. Christian Yelich — the one player I wanted the Reds to acquire — had a double and a homer for the bad guys tonight. This does not make the losing easier to stomach.
–Glad to see some semblance of the old Luis Castillo tonight.
–At some point, we’re going to see Jesse Winker and Scott Schebler as the corner outfielders every night, right? Right?
–Down 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Reds actually got on the board, if you can believe it. Suarez walked to lead off the frame, and one Duvall strikeout later, Devin Mesoraco doubled to deep center to knot the game briefly at 1-1.
–Twice tonight, Reds hitters hammered balls right back at the Milwaukee pitcher (Jennings and Jeffress), only to have the pitcher deflect the ball or get a glove on it. Both Peraza and Scooter Gennett were victimized on balls that should have been singles up the middle. That’s baseball.
–No, the starting rotation isn’t pitching deeply into games on most days. But I’m content that, at the very least, it’s the young guys who are getting these starts. There are going to be better days for the group, as a whole. Tonight was a tiny preview of that, hopefully.
Of Castillo's 6 strikeouts, 5 have come on the chnage
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 3, 2018
Amir Garrett's ERA is 2.04 in 14 apps, all in relief (17.2ip, 2bb, 19k).
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) May 3, 2018
Luis Castillo vs. the Brewers this season: 12.2 IP, 14 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 15 K. In his other starts: 22 IP, 30 H, 21 R, 10 BB, 16 K. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) May 3, 2018
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