Luis Castillo struck out 11 batters, but a 3-run homer was enough to give Anthony DeSclafani and the San Francisco Giants all they needed in a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
|San Francisco Giants (26-16)||4||8||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (19-21)||2||8||0|
|W: DeSclafani (4-1) L: Castillo (1-6) SV: McGee (11)
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After a quick 1-2-3 inning by Luis Castillo in the top half of the frame, Jesse Winker welcomed Anthony DeSclafani back to Cincinnati with a solo home run to make it 1-0. It was Winker’s 8th home run of the season. The Reds got to work in the 2nd inning with back-to-back singles to lead things off, but both runners were stranded after three straight strikeouts.
Cincinnati tried to get a 2-out rally going in the 5th inning when Jesse Winker singled and Nick Castellanos walked, but a pop up by Eugenio Suárez left them stranded as Anthony DeSclafani kept on rolling.
It wasn’t until the 8th inning that Cincinnati got things going again. Nick Castellanos led off the inning with 11th homer of the season to make it 4-2. That was all they would get moving forward, though as the Giants maintained the best record in the National League and the Reds fell to two games under the .500 mark.
Luis Castillo was cruising along with three strikeouts while retiring the first five hitters he faced. But a 2-out walk to Wilmer Flores and a double by Alex Dickerson threatened the Reds 1-0 lead. Flores, however, injured himself running the bases and only reached third base on a play he would have normally scored on. He was removed from the game. Cincinnati opted to intentionally walk Curt Casali to face pitcher Anthony DeSclafani and the move paid off as Castillo struck him out to end the inning and keep a 1-0 lead.
After striking out the side with a walk mixed in during the 3rd inning, Luis Castillo got out to a tough start in the 4th. After back-to-back singles Alex Dickerson hit a 3-run homer to put the Giants ahead 3-1. Castillo rebounded, going 1-2-3 after that with two more strikeouts to push his total on the day up to 10. The inconsistency continued as Castillo allowed a leadoff single that was followed by a double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, but he worked his way out of the jam without any damage and picked up his 11th strikeout of the day. Free pizza opportunity for everyone!
After 91 pitches and 11 strikeouts in 5.0 innings the Reds called it a day on Luis Castillo and sent Sean Doolittle to the mound to begin the 6th inning. A leadoff single and a 2-out walk brought on another pitching change as Heath Hembree entered with two on and two outs, but he struck out Darin Ruf to keep the score at 3-1 in favor of the Giants. Hembree was a pitch away from getting through the 7th inning clean, but Brandon Crawford took a 3-2 offering and planted it into the Giants bullpen to make it 4-1 for San Francisco. Ryan Hendrix came on for the 8th and the 9th, firing two perfect innings with four strikeouts.
Notes Worth Noting
Luis Castillo is the first Reds pitcher to record 10 K through 4 IP since Jim Maloney did it on 5/21/1963 in Milwaukee.
— Joel Luckhaupt of the Pawnee Lerpiss family (@jluckhaupt) May 18, 2021
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