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Luis Castillo beanstalks Giants as Reds roll to 7-0 win in series opener

That’s an ace doing some acing.

Cincinnati Reds v San Francisco Giants Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Luis Castillo walked 5 guys on the night. 5! Rabble! RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!

Fortunately for the Cincinnati Reds, the walks were not only the only blemish on the scorecard for their ace on Friday night against the San Francisco Giants, they almost serve to emphasize just how filthy his stuff was.

The Giants managed just 2 hits, scored not, and struck out 11 times against Castillo in just 6 IP, and his pitchers were moving like Jagger to the point where seemingly the only defense the Giants hitters had was to not swing and hope they missed the zone. That happened a handful of times, obviously, but the reality is that Castillo’s stuff was so confounding that it still didn’t manage to bother him or the Reds defenders in yet another impressive outing.

The effort lowered his season ERA to a sparkling 1.76, which is just so damn tidy I can barely see straight.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Nick Senzel, who tripled, singled, scored, and drove in a pair; Eugenio Suarez, who singled, doubled, and drove in a run; Yasiel Puig, who singled twice, swiped a bag, and drove in a pair; and Michael Lorenzen, who fired another 1.1 IP of scoreless ball.

Key Plays

  • The Reds dropped a 3-spot on Dereck Rodriguez in the Top of the 2nd, but did so with a bit of fortunate luck from the San Francisco defense. Derek Dietrich began things with a slicing liner to LF that Tyler Austin botched for an error, and he moved up a bag when Jose Iglesias followed with a single. Later, Tucker Barnhart sliced a 2-out single into LF to plate Dietrich before Senzel clubbed a laser to the wall in CF that bounced out of Steven Duggar’s glove as the Giants CF slammed into the wall. That RBI triple plated a pair, Votto later walked (again) to keep the rally going, and Senzel then came around to score on the double down the LF line by Eugenio Suarez. Reds led, 4-0.
  • Puig’s big knock came with 2-out in the Top of the 9th, as he blasted a 2-ribbie single into CF to score both Votto (who had walked) and Suarez (who had dinked a single into shallow RF). Later, Kyle Farmer chipped in with a pinch hit arby-eye single of his own to score Puig, and the Reds held a 7-0 lead. That, folks, is how things would wrap.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Joey Votto walked thrice, which was very incredibly Joey Votto-like. Joey Votto also went hitless - again - and is now hitting just .206 on the season, which is very incredibly not Joey Votto-like.
  • Want to know how baffled the Giants were by Luis Castillo tonight? Read up on this impressive tidbit.
  • In case you’re playing ‘starting pitcher baseball scrabble,’ tomorrow’s game between the Reds and Giants might well be your game. Jeff Samardzija will face off against Anthony DeSclafani in a game destined for copy/paste tweets, with first pitch set for a slightly earlier 9:05 PM ET start.
  • Tunes.