The story of the Reds season so far can be summarized in the quick jaunt I took up the block to get some lunch and “all of a sudden” the fifth and sixth innings were over. Of course, I was watching on my phone, but still.
The Reds pitchers have been efficient at getting outs, yet the Reds hitters have been more efficient at giving them away. The result: A three-game sweep with every game decided by a single run.
|Milwaukee Brewers (6-1)||1||2||0|
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|W: Peralta (1-0) L: Castillo (0-1) S: Wilson (1)|
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Luis Castillo was absolute nails today. He struck out the first three batters he faced, all of them swinging over his dastardly change-up. Ben Gamel in particular was made the fool by the pitch multiple times on the day. Walks were Castillo’s one downfall, though other than a walk to Jesus Aguilar that brought home the game’s only run, he worked around them. Castillo finished with nine strikeouts to his four walks and ceded the game to Amir Garrett.
Luis Castillo, Unfair 86mph Changeup. ? pic.twitter.com/GhqlgUWKCT
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 3, 2019
After giving up a leadoff double to pinch hitter Lorenzo Cain, Garrett buckled down and got out of the inning with a pop-up, strikeout, and flyball. In my opinion, of the Reds bullpen options, Garrett has looked the best so far.
You’d really think with the Reds pitching combining for a two-hitter today, there would be more positives. Alas, the bats. The cursed bats.
The aforementioned Aguilar run was truly a comedy of errors. Castillo walked Aguilar on four straight pitches and then looked to pick him off at first. Except, Joey Votto wasn’t covering the bag. Castillo pocketed the ball but balked Aguilar to second, allowing the slow-footed first baseman to score on Manny Pina’s single.
Later in the game, Chris Welsh chided the Reds first baseman and pitching staff for how they were holding on runners after Christian Yelich stole second with a massive lead. “I’m not that fired up by the way the Reds are holding runners at first base,” Welsh started. “[They’re] almost running without fear and you’ve got to put a little fear, a little hesitation into the mind of the runner.” Lorenzo Cain stole third in the eighth as well.
This offense is just bleh right now. The outfielders not named Yasiel Puig are now 1 for the season, with three walks and 15 strikeouts. Matt Kemp‘s ninth inning single gave the Reds hope, ultimately for naught.
Scott Schebler in particular continues to do himself no favors with a sombrero on the day. Yes it’s early in the season and Schebler has proven himself previously, but with one Nick Senzel nipping at his heels, you’d think he’d make more of an effort to lay off the high fastball.
Puig came up to pinch hit for Jose Iglesias in the bottom of the eighth and battled well, fouling off pitch after pitch. Eventually, he succumbed and struck out on a curveball in the dirt. Neither good nor bad, just a sad glimpse of hope.
Today is the 30th anniversary of The Kid’s debut. That’s a happy thought. Here’s a happy thread of Ken Griffey Jr. tweets to end this morose recap:
From diving catches to his signature swing, Ken Griffey Jr. was poetry in motion ? pic.twitter.com/ZZHrd7BJeB
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 3, 2019
Thirty years ago today, 19-year old rookie Ken Griffey Jr. made his MLB debut against the Oakland A's. pic.twitter.com/E6sgId0d6E
— evan auerbach (@evboogie) April 3, 2019
Thirty years ago today, this guy made his major league debut. pic.twitter.com/SrGj4jr4LE
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 3, 2019