Final R H E
Houston Astros (48-25)
2 4 0
Cincinnati Reds (32-38)
3 6 1
W: Castillo (7-1) L: Miley (6-4) S: Lorenzen (3)
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Well, well, well, how the turntables. The Cincinnati Reds hung on after a scary final three innings to start a winning streak. Yes, two wins in a row is a winning streak and that’s where the Redlegs are.

The Offense

Neither team was able to get much going early on in the game. But in the 5th inning Curt Casali singled to lead off the inning and Kyle Farmer followed with a walk. Luis Castillo laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd to bring up Nick Senzel with no outs. After getting ahead 1-0, Senzel came through with a 2-run single to put the Reds in front. Joey Votto followed with a walk and then Eugenio Suarez made it 3-0 with a single to bring in Senzel. That was all they would need. By the tiniest of margins.

Jose Peraza went 2-4 on the day. Kyle Farmer went 1-1, walked, was hit by a pitch, and he scored a run. The Reds managed just 6 hits on the day, and they drew 4 walks on the day

The Pitching

It wasn’t the sexiest start you will ever see, but Luis Castillo did enough on the night to escape trouble time and again. He would allow 2 earned runs – both coming in after he left the game in the top of the 7th inning –  in 6+ innings. He walked the first two batters of the 7th inning before being replaced by David Hernandez, who allowed one of the inherited runners to score. That was helped, though, by a throwing error by Jose Peraza on a double play attempt. A non-error there likely leads to neither run coming across the plate. Amir Garrett came on later in the 7th inning and allowed another inherited runner to score, making it a 3-2 game.

Raisel Iglesias came on to pitch in the 8th inning and he tossed a hitless inning with a walk. He returned for the 9th and walked the first batter he faced in Myles Straw. Iglesias then induced a pop up from Alex Bregman. That’s when David Bell came out to the mound and brought in Michael Lorenzen. It wasn’t without stress, but he stranded the runner at first base with a line out to center field and a strikeout to end the game.

Notes Worth Noting

Scooter Gennett went 0-2 with a fly out to center field and a ground out to second base in his first game of rehab with the Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas.

Jose Peraza has gone 12-36 in his last 10 games started with 3 doubles and a home run.

Luis Castillo walked 6 batters and struck out 7 batters. It wasn’t pretty, but at least on this day, it worked. His ERA now sits at 2.26 on the season and he picked up his 7th win of the year for those of you who like that kind of thing.

Amir Garrett didn’t have his best outing of the year, and he did allow an inherited runner to score, but his ERA dropped to 1.47 on the season. Put him in the All-Star game.

Raisel Iglesias, even with all of his struggles he has had this season, has an ERA of 2.97 as I type this sentence.

It was Bark in the Park at Great American Ball Park tonight. And during the Hometown Heroes segment at the park, the team honored Cello, a military dog. And it was awesome.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Houston Astros vs Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday June 18th, 7:10pm

Justin Verlander (9-2, 2.41 ERA) vs. Anthony DeSclafani (3-3, 4.43 ERA)