|Arizona D-backs (75-67)
|Cincinnati Reds (66-77)
|W: Young (7-3) L: Castillo (14-6) SV: Sherfy (1)
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It was a pitchers duel for Cincinnati and Arizona on Saturday afternoon. One side expected a good outing. The other side probably was hoping for one. But it was the Reds offense that simply was unable to get anything going in their loss on Saturday.
There wasn’t much of it. The Cincinnati Reds didn’t get a hit on a baseball that left the infield until the bottom of the 9th inning when Alex Blandino lined a ball into right field for the Reds 3rd hit of the day. After a strikeout, Joey Votto walked to put the tying run on first. Eugenio Suarez struck out on three pitches to bring up Aristides Aquino with 2 outs and representing the winning run. But The Punisher came up short as he struck out swinging to end the game.
Luis Castillo was very good on Saturday afternoon. He allowed 2 runs in 7.2 innings – both runs coming in the 4th inning. He only 3 hits and he allowed 3 more walks while racking up 10 strikeouts. Unfortunately when he handed the ball over to Joel Kuhnel in the 8th inning with 2 runners on he and the Reds were trailing 2-0 at the time. Kuhnel struck out Christian Walker to strand the runners and keep the game at 2-0.
Back-to-back walks followed a leadoff single in the top of the 9th inning for Kuhnel and that brought on Kevin Gausman from the bullpen. He needed 18 pitches, but he struck out the next three batters and held the lead at 2-0 for Arizona and gave the Reds a chance in the bottom of the 9th to get something going.
Notes Worth Noting
In the top of the 7th inning Joey Votto rolled his ankle while trying to cover the bat. He said he was fine and brushed off the trainer. We’ll have to see that one is tomorrow.
Luis Castillo entered the game with 198 strikeouts on the season. He now has 208 on the year. That’s the most by a Red since Johnny Cueto struck out 242 in 2014. Going back to 1990 only Aaron Harang in 2006 and 2007, and Jose Rijo in 1993 have more than Castillo’s 208.
Alex Young, the starting pitcher for Arizona, had never struck out more than 9 batters in a professional game in his life. He was drafted in 2015 and at no point in the minors or majors did he record a double-digit strikeout game. Until today.
Kevin Gausman has thrown 14 innings with the Reds. All of those innings have come out of the bullpen. He’s walked just 3 batters and he now has 20 strikeouts while facing 58 batters.
The game today came in at a crisp 2 hours and 39 minutes. That beats the game on Friday that lasted 4 hours and 10 minutes.
34,804 fans showed up for Ken Griffey Jr. Bobblehead day and a postgame concert by The Avett Brothers.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Arizona D-backs at Cincinnati Reds
Sunday September 8th, 1:10pm
Mike Leake (11-10, 4.71 ERA) vs Anthony DeSclafani (9-8, 4.10 ERA)