The Cincinnati Reds (25-26) swept the Pittsburgh Pirates (14-34) with a 1-0 win on Wednesday night behind a brilliant start from Luis Castillo. The Reds offense only got one run, coming on an RBI by Shogo Akiyama. That’s all they needed behind 7.0 shutout innings from Luis Castillo and a pair of perfect innings from Archie Bradley and Raisel Iglesias.
|Pittsburgh Pirates (14-34)
|Cincinnati Reds (25-26)
|W: Castillo (3-5) L: Brubaker (1-2) SV: Iglesias (8)
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There wasn’t much going on for either team offensively. The Reds got things brewing in the bottom of the 5th inning with a 2-out rally. Jose Garcia singled and moved to third base on a Curt Casali single. The catcher then stole second base – his first career steal – setting things up for Shogo Akiyama. On a 2-2 count he lined a single into left field, bringing in Garcia to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. But Adam Frazier came up firing home, and when the ball was cut off, Akiyama was caught in no-man’s land between 1st and 2nd, and in the ensuing rundown, Casali broke for the plate and was easily thrown out at home to end the inning.
A 6th inning leadoff double by Nick Castellanos had the Reds threatening again rather quickly, but the offense went 1-2-3 from there. It would be the final hit of the game for Cincinnati.
Luis Castillo picked up right where he left off in his last start, and then some. The right-handed starter allowed just three hits spread out over 7.0 shutout innings with just one walk. He would also strike out 10 Pirates hitters along the way as he lowered his ERA to 3.03 on the season.
Those innings weren’t without stress as the game was scoreless on both sides until the bottom of the 5th inning, and over his final two innings pitched he was holding a 1-run lead. Archie Bradley took over for the 8th inning and he worked a perfect inning. That led to Raisel Iglesias taking the mound for the 9th hoping to pick up the save. Adam Frazier lined out to start the inning and Ke’Bryan Hayes followed up with a ground out. That set up a match up with Colin Moran. Advantage Iglesias, who picked up a game-ending strikeout on three pitches.
Notes worth noting
The Cardinals split their double header with the Brewers. That combined with the Reds win put the team into second place by .001 points of winning percentage. Both teams are 5.0 games back of the Cubs for 1st place. St. Louis has 15 games remaining this season, while Cincinnati has just 9 games remaining.
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