The Short Version: Luis Castillo is exactly who we thought he was. But the Reds still lost.
|Final — 10 innings||R||H||E|
|Cincinnati Reds (66-89)||0||3||0|
|Miami Marlins (60-93)||1||7||0|
|W: Barraclough (1-6) L: Hernandez (5-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Outstanding start by Luis Castillo, who continues to look really strong as the season draws to a close. In the longest outing of Castillo’s career, he pitched 8.1 shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk. One of the hits and the walk came in the ninth, when Castillo was still throwing 98 mph. And one of the hits earlier in the game should have been charged an error to Billy Hamilton.
Just a magnificent outing.
–Curt Casali had a double.
–David Hernandez came on in the ninth inning of a 0-0 game, one out, runners on first and second. He proceeded to induce a double play, and the game headed to extra innings.
–But then Hernandez surrendered two doubles in the bottom of the tenth that scored the game’s only run.
–No one really needs extra innings at this point in the season.
–Seven games remaining. 63 innings.
–The Reds will need to win all seven of their remaining games in order to avoid a fourth consecutive 90-loss season. If Cincinnati goes 2-5 the rest of the way, it’ll be the third straight season that this franchise finishes with a 68-94 record.
Castillo's Reds and the Marlins tied, 0-0, top of the eighth inning. Castillo has thrown at least 7.0 innings for the fifth time in his career (7ip, 3h, 0bb, 5k, 80 pitches). His career high for innings pitched in a game is 8.0 (twice).
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) September 22, 2018
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