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Luis Castillo spins gem, offense explodes as Reds sweep Giants

The young righty continues to have a great second half.

San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Luis Castillo has really bounced back since his rough first half of 2018. Going into Sunday’s start, he had put up a 3.09 ERA in his 4 starts in the second half. He continued that with quite possibly his most dominant outing of the season against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. He threw 6.2 innings and gave up 3 runs (only 1 earned) on 6 hits while walking none and striking out 9. Have a trophy, Luis, and congrats on another fine outing.

Honorable mentions are due to: Billy Hamilton, for going 2 for 3 with 2 triples and 3 RBI; Jose Peraza, for going 3 for 5 with a 2-run dinger; Eugenio Suarez, for going 2 for 5 with a 2-run blast; Scooter Gennett, for going 2 for 4 and driving in 2; Curt Casali, for going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI; and Phil Ervin, for reaching base 3 times in a 2 for 4 effort.

Key Plays

  • San Francisco got things started first. After an early single, Castillo fell on some hard defensive luck. Steven Duggar hit a liner to left that went off the glove of Dilson Herrera. It was ruled a double, and Nick Hundley would score. Giants lead, 1-0.
  • That run ultimately didn’t matter, because the Reds blew the doors off the thing in the bottom of the third. Dilson Herrera led off with a single and then scored on a Curt Casali double. Luis Castillo would reach on a fielding error to put runners on first and third. Billy Hamilton would come up and score Casali on a sac fly to left to give the Reds a 2-1 lead. A Jose Peraza single would put runners on first and second, and Scooter Gennett would drive them both in on a triple to right. Eugenio Suarez would keep the thing rolling with a dinger to dead center to give the Reds a 6-1 lead. They weren’t done there. Phil Ervin singled and then went to 2nd on a single by Tucker Barnhart. After a strikeout, Casali would collect his second RBI hit of the inning with an RBI single to left. Reds led, 7-1.
  • The Reds added 2 more in the bottom of the 6th. Billy Hamilton hit a triple to right and then scored on a 2-run blast by Jose Peraza. Reds led, 9-1.
  • The Giants got a couple more back in the top of the 7th, partly due to an equipment malfunction. After Steven Duggar hit a 2-out double, Castillo looked to be getting out of the inning with a grounder to Jose Peraza. Unfortunately, Peraza’s throw literally went through Tucker Barnhart’s glove and allowed Duggar to score. Barnhart got the glove replaced, but Hunter Pence then hit a double to left to score Gorkys Hernandez. That ended Castillo’s fantastic day, but the Reds still held a 9-3 lead.
  • in the bottom of the 7th, Curt Casali singled and then Brandon Dixon hit a ground-rule double. They both scored on Billy Hamilton’s 2nd triple of the day. Reds led, 11-3.
  • The Giants scored one more in the top of the 8th, but the Reds got the sweep with an 11-4 victory.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • The Reds head to Milwaukee on Monday in search of their 4th straight victory. Homer Bailey will get the start and will be facing off against Chase Anderson. First pitch is at 8:10 PM ET.
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