Luis Castillo threw a gem today as the Reds helped out the Braves and Nationals big time this weekend, taking three out of four from the current division leaders and move to 10 games under .500.
|Philadelphia PhilliesÃ‚Â (58-47)||0||8||1|
|Cincinnati RedsÃ‚Â (48-58)||4||10||0|
|W: Castillo (6-8)Ã‚Â L: Eflin (7-3)Ã‚Â S:Ã‚Â Iglesias (21)|
|FanGraphs Win ProbabilityÃ‚Â |Ã‚Â Box Score |Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Statcast|
The player of the game was undoubtedly Luis Castillo. While he was not perfect early, he pitched very, very well and battled against a really good Phillies lineup. Ã‚Â He faced base runners in all of the first four innings but was able to keep the hitters off balance enough to avoid any damage. He pitched one-two-three innings in the 5th, 6th and 7th, retiring 11 straight batters to finish his day.
His average fastball velocity was 96.1 mph which is a slight drop from his last outing. However, his changeup and slider were both very good and he seemed to gain better command of both as he went later in the game (he had two wild pitches early on). He was attacking hitters early and often and looked every bit of the ace that Reds fans had expected to see this year. His final line was 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K.
The Reds struck first in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Titanic Struggle with Phillip Ervin and Curt Casali, starting off the third with back-to-back doubles. Two batters later, Reds Legend Scooter GennettTM launched a two-run home run into the right field seats to make the lead 3-0.
Phillip Ervin just missed a three-run home run in the 6th inning but settled for a sacrifice fly, driving in Mason Williams after singles by Williams and Adam Duvall. With a 4-0 lead, the Reds chased Zach Eflin from the game and wrapped up a solid offensive performance against the Phillies starter.
David Hernandez came on in the 8th inning an recorded two strikeouts, clinching free pizza for all those in attendance. Things got interesting in the 9th as Wandy Peralta started the inning but allowed two soft hits and prompted Riggleman to bring in Iglesias. A single by Franco resulted in bases loaded, one out, and brought the tying run to the plate. Scott Kingery worked a full count but Iglesias struck him out on a slider. He then got Andrew Knapp to strike out swinging to end the game.
Other Game Notes:
- Castillo’s dropped his ERA to 4.98 on the year. His FIP/xFIP are now 4.44/3.93.
- Curt Casali is having a nice offensive year with the Reds and Statcast metrics back up the results, as he currently has his highest exit velocity since 2015.
- Mason Williams singled twice to give him hits in three straight games. He is only 26 years old and had a 115 wRC+ at Louisville this year, and while he was a top 100 prospect from 2011-2013, he will most likely be heading back to Louisville once Scott Schebler returns from the DL.
- Gennett and Votto each had two hits. The Reds 5-9 hitters (excluding Castillo) all had hits as well. Great team effort at the plate.
- No Dilson Herrera today. Brandon Dixon had a pinch-hit strikeout.
- Only three walks issued by either team all game. Curt Casali had both for the Reds (one intentional)
Not related to the game, but given the non-waiver trade deadline is approaching (Tuesday @ 4pm EST), I thought this was interesting:
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Dan Hirsch (@DanHirsch) July 28, 2018
The Reds are off on Monday before heading to Detroit to start a 10-game road trip.