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The Reds win a nail biter, 2-1, to clinch the series!

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That’s five in a row!

Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Luis Castillo - 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

He’s got his ERA under 6.00 after this start. That’s cool. Keep going after them, buddy.

Honorable Mention - Brad Brach and Lucas Sims get honorable mentions for getting the Reds to extra innings. The offense was largely stagnant as they only had two hits and three walks. So, we’ll give an honorable mention to Jonathan India for his two walks, Eugenio Suarez for getting hit by a pitch to score the first run, and Kyle Farmer for singling and knocking in the second run with a sac fly which ended up being really important.

Key Plays

  • I literally started writing this in the bottom of the sixth because nothing has happened in this game. I think both teams up to this point have had one at bat with runners in scoring position or something like that. The Brewers threatened in the bottom of the 6th, getting a runner to third, but Castillo struck out Vogelbach with a 3-2 fastball to end the inning. Castillo is spinning a gem.
  • Things got sticky in the bottom of the seventh with the Brewers getting two on and eventually getting them to second and third. Castillo would walk Jace Peterson to load the bases after having him down 0-2. Bell left Castillo in with 104 pitches to get that final out of the inning. Castillo went down 2-0 to Jackie Bradley Jr., and he was definitely overthrowing, but he came back and blew two fastballs by him to even the count. Castillo hit him with another fastball, on the outside corner of the plate, for strike three to end the inning. I’m not gonna lie, the pitch was not a strike... not even close... but I’ll take it.
  • The game went into extra innings. The Brewers bullpen is really good but they also ate through their best relievers.
  • Brad Boxberger, yes the former Reds draftee, was brought into the game and hit Tyler Stephenson and walked Joey Votto to load the bases with no outs. He then hit Eugenio Suarez with a pitch to bring in the first run of the game. Kyle Farmer then hit a sacrifice fly. Stuff happened. Mike Freeman then got picked off 2nd base to end the inning which was dumb. Reds lead, 2-0.
  • Heath Hembree was on the verge of ending this one. He got the first two outs via strikeout and then gave up a fly ball to right field. Castellanos misplayed the clear single allowing Robertson to advance to second base on the error. The runner at second was going to score anyway so it was kind of a dumb play. Hembree then walked Urias and David Bell brought in Amir Garrett. Hembree really wasn’t terrible but the Brewers were pesky and worked him. He was literally a pitch away from ending the game. Garrett came in to strikeout Tim Lopes to end it. REDS WIN, 2-1!

Tony Graphanino


Source: FanGraphs

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • I’m just gonna start posting things I saw on Twitter in the past ten minutes when I started writing this piece.
  • It was going fast.
  • Far out.
  • We don’t deserve him.
  • Cool cool cool cool
  • May he play forever.