The Short Version: Cincinnati rides a seven-run third inning and a strong start from Luis Castillo to a sweep of the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park.
|San Francisco Giants (61-64)||4||8||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (55-69)||11||17||2|
|W: Castillo (7-10) L: Suarez (4-9)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Luis Castillo was superb today, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing one earned run on six hits. He struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter. Every pitch was working for Castillo today, and he was much more similar to the guy we expected to see all year long. The kid’s future is bright.
–The offense was fantastic, pounding out 17 hits, including 9 hits of the extra-base variety. Let’s run down the outstanding performances, from top of the lineup to the bottom:
Billy Hamilton reached base three times — two triples and a walk — and drove in three runs.
Jose Peraza was 3 for 5, including his 8th home run; he scored two runs and drove in two more.
Scooter Gennett singled and tripled, scored a run and drove in two.
Eugenio Suarez doubled and homered, scoring one and driving in two; that’s a career-high 27 homers for Geno.
Phillip Ervin singled, doubled, and scored a run.
Curt Casali was 3 for 4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBI. Casali had two hits and two RBI in the third inning alone.
Brandon Dixon doubled and scored in his only at-bat.
–Wandy Peralta pitched a perfect inning.
–Tucker Barnhart and Peraza each committed errors. Dilson Herrera wasn’t charged with an error, but he badly misplayed a ball in left field. We’ll forgive them, especially Herrera, since he was playing a position that the Reds had never thought to prepare him for (in the minor leagues).
–Nice sweep for the Reds, after a pretty poor performance against Cleveland in their last series. It’s the second consecutive year that the Reds have swept San Francisco in the Queen City.
–Reds pitching only allowed six runs in the series. Not to be outdone, the offense outscored the Giants 18-5 over the last two days.
–The Reds had three triples, which you don’t see that often. (Though Cincinnati accomplished the trick last year.)
–Nine different Reds scored at least one run today. That’ll do.
–Curt Casali’s numbers this year: .333/.422/.526. That’s just outstanding, and kudos to Reds management for finding this guy and acquiring him when the Reds needed a backup catcher.
–Cincinnati was down 1-0 as they hit in the third. By the time three outs were recorded, the game was essentially over.
Herrera singled to left to open the frame and he scored when Casali doubled. Luis Castillo attempted to lay down a sac bunt and popped it up, but the Giants fumbled the ball and the Reds ended up with runners on the corners with no outs. Casali scored on a sac fly to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.
But that wasn’t all, not by a long shot. Peraza singled and Gennett tripled to the corner, scoring two more runs. Suarez followed with a 419-foot home run to center field to make the game 6-1. Immediately, the Reds began rallying again, with Ervin drawing a walk and Barnhart singling. Casali then singled Ervin home, his second hit and second RBI of the inning.
When the dust settled, it was 7-1.
–Things stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth. Hamilton tripled with one out and scored on Peraza’s blast, a 426-foot homer to left-center.
–The Giants scratched two runs across in the top of the seventh, but the Reds grabbed those runs back in the bottom half. Casali singled with one out and Dixon hit a ground-rule double. Hamilton then tripled again, scoring both runners.
–The Reds will head to Milwaukee next, where Homer Bailey will seek to improve upon his 1-10 record.
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