The Cincinnati Reds (30-29) fell to the Minnesota Twins (36-23) on Saturday night. In the final tune up start for Luis Castillo he wasn’t as sharp as he had been recently, and in a big game for the Twins as they play for the American League Central division, their offense went off – hitting eight doubles along the way to a 7-3 victory.
|Cincinnati Reds (30-29)
|Minnesota Twins (36-23)
|W: Clippard (2-1) L: Castillo (4-6)
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The Cincinnati Reds offense took no time off to begin the game. Shogo Akiyama led off with a single and then stole second base. Jesse Winker followed up with a walk to bring Joey Votto up to the plate and he came through with an RBI double, bringing Akiyama in from second. Mike Moustakas would cap the inning off with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
The offense went quiet for a while from there. Brian Goodwin got things rolling again in the top of the 7th with a leadoff single. Kyle Farmer followed with a single of his own to put two men on. After Curt Casali took a questionable strike three, Nick Castellanos came through as a pinch hitter for Shogo Akiyama and drove in a run with a single of his own. That cut into the Twins lead, making it 5-3. That was the last time the Reds would score, though.
Luis Castillo took the mound to start the game, knowing that this would be his final tune up start before pitching on Thursday in the playoffs. After being handed a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st, Castillo gave one of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning. He’d give up two more runs in the 3rd inning, and another in the 4th. That was all he’d take the mound for after throwing 77 pitches and picking up four strikeouts in 4.0 innings.
Anthony DeSclafani would take over in the bottom of the 5th and he’d give up three runs over 3.0 innings of relief on four hits and a walk. Robert Stephenson pitched a hitless 8th inning, hitting a batter along the way.
Notes Worth Noting
Tomorrow will be the final game of the regular season for the Cincinnati Reds. They will begin the playoffs on Wednesday with Trevor Bauer on the mound against a yet to be known opponent.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Minnesota Twins
Sunday September 27th, 3:10pm ET
Sonny Gray (5-3, 3.73 ERA) vs Rich Hill (2-2, 3.27 ERA)