After a brutal start to this all-important series against the Milwaukee Brewers, things only got worse for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. They struggled to get anything going offensively, only collecting 5 hits on the night and never really threatening to take the lead despite it being close most of the game.
Reds’ starter Luis Castillo did his damndest to keep them in the game with another solid outing, allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6 over 6.1 innings. He only ran into trouble in the 4th, allowing 2 doubles to start the inning to give up his first run, but a double play would keep the damage to a minimum. His night finished in the bottom of the 7th after hitting the lead-off batter and then later allowing a ground-rule double. The wheels fell off in the bottom of the 8th, with Milwaukee scoring 2 in the inning without a ball leaving the infield. Thankfully, a Nick Castellanos bomb in the 9th helped the Reds avoid a shutout.
At the time of this writing, the San Diego Padres lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0. The St. Louis Cardinals also walked it off against Detroit, so if the scores hold then the Reds will once again be tied for the second Wild Card spot and hold only a 3.5 game lead on the Cardinals. Hopefully they can pull one back tomorrow. Go Reds.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Luis Castillo continues to have a great second half of the season. He came out tonight and did what he could to keep the Reds in this game by allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts over 6.1 innings of work. Unfortunately when your offense only musters to bring one run across the plate, 2 runs is 1 too many. He had a 3.64 second half ERA going into tonight and that only improved with this outing.
- Tyler Naquin continues to rake, collecting another 2 hits on the night.
- The Reds had no answer for Brandon Woodruff tonight, only getting 4 hits against him while striking out 10 times.
- The Reds will hand the ball to Sonny Gray on Thursday to try and avoid the sweep. He will face off against Brett Anderson. First pitch is at 2:15 PM ET.