The Cincinnati Reds hosted the Los Angeles Mike Trouts with Luis Castillo on the mound. The good guys batted around in the first inning and never looked back.

Final R H E
Los Angeles Angels (56-58) 4 5 1
Cincinnati Reds (53-58) 7 8 0
W: Castillo (11-4) L: Cole (1-3) S: Iglesias (22)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Statcast

Hitting

The Reds offense wasted no time giving their #1 starter a lead. Jesse Winker singled. Joey Votto walked. Aristedes Aquino singled in a run. Jose Iglesias doubled in two runs. Nick Senzel bloop singled in two more runs. Jose Peraza doubled in the fifth and final run of the inning. This all came with a Mike Trout dropped can-of-corn and the Reds botched a suicide squeeze with Luis Castillo batting, getting Peraza picked off of third base.

Once the opener, Taylor Cole, was out of the game, it was rookie pitcher Patrick Sandoval making his first career start. As you probably could have guessed, he threw five innings of three-hit baseball while striking out eight and walking two. The only runs he allowed were from walks and wild pitches (Jesse Winker in the 2nd, Phillip Ervin in the 7th). This Reds offense, man.

Pitching

Luckily, seven runs was plenty tonight. Luis Castillo had one of his better games of the season last time out against the Pirates. He picked up right where he left off tonight against the Angels as he nearly secured free pizza for the fans by the 6th inning (they had to wait until the 7th inning). His final line was 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 13 K, 1 BB. It was only the third game all year that he has allowed multiple home runs but that did not matter tonight. Ace-like stuff from the future of this pitching staff.

Wandy Peralta came on in the 8th. He walked the first batter he faced and then allowed a pinch-hit single. Michael Lorenzen replaced him to face Mike Trout with two runners on. Lorenzen got the strikeout on a 98 mph fastball and got out of the inning with no damage done.

David Hernandez allowed a two-run blast and a two-out walk to make things interesting in the 9th, forcing interim-manager Freddie Benavides to bring in Raisel Iglesias for one out. Cincinnati fans got their first live-look at Shohei Ohtani, who did not start because the National League would rather watch pitchers (fail to) hit. Iglesias struck out the two-way phenom to end the game.

Random Notes

  • Mike Trout won the battle of Trout vs Castillo with a walk, a single and a home run. He also had a gorgeous slide on a stolen base in the first inning as he glided past Jose Peraza’s tag, despite the throw beating him by a mile.
  • Aristedes Aquino continues to make the most of his opportunity with the big league club. He went 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored. His wRC+ after 13 plate appearances is 148.
  • Jose Iglesias made a wicked stop and got the out with a two-hop throw scooped up by Votto. That dude can play shortstop as good as anyone.
  • Jesse Winker walked in his 2nd inning appearance against LHP Sandoval but David Bell replaced him with Phillip Ervin in the 4th inning. I think Winker should get some more at-bats vs leftys to help his development but am not mad about Ervin getting playing time either. Good problem to have.
  • Tough night at the plate for Eugenio Suarez who was 0-4 with three strikeouts. He was the only starter without a hit on the night.
  • David Hernandez’s ERA has ballooned up to 7.24 (!) but his FIP (3.97) and xFIP (4.32) are still better than average this year. Wandy Peralta on the other hand… Let’s hope it is a quick 8-game suspension for Amir Garrett.

Up Next

The Reds go for the series sweep tomorrow, same time and same place. Anthony Desclafani and Jose Suarez are the probable starters.