It was another struggle on the mound for Luis Castillo, and the bullpen didn’t help much either as the Cincinnati Reds fell to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday by a score of 9-4.
|Milwaukee Brewers (23-23)
|Cincinnati Reds (20-25)
|W: Boxberger (1-1) L: Castillo (1-7)
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A lot is being asked of the offense lately, and being behind 3-0 before you get to the plate for the first time probably doesn’t help. It was 5-0 before the team got on the board with a 456-foot solo home run by Jesse Winker that clanged off of the power stacks in right-center. He just missed hitting the sign that would have won someone a truck.
Two innings later Cincinnati scratched together another run when Shogo Akiyama came through with a pinch hit double and scored on a Nick Castellanos double. They weren’t done threatening as Tyler Stephenson walked and then Tucker Barnhart was hit by a pitch to load the bases. But the threat was just that as Eugenio Suárez struck out to strand the runners.
Nick Castellanos added a double in the 7th inning that saw him overtake the National League lead in average from Jesse Winker by a point. That lead didn’t last long as Winker singled in the 9th to jump back up with a .355 average. Castellanos must have done the math on the fly and decided he was going to follow with a home run and take the lead right back with a .356 mark, making it 9-4 in the process. Tyler Naquin kept the game going with a double into the gap, but Tyler Stephenson grounded out to end the game.
Another day and another struggle on the mound for Luis Castillo. He gave up a leadoff single to Kolten Wong and then with two outs he gave up a single to Avisail Garcia. That was followed by back-to-back walks and then a single that made it 3-0 before the Reds even came to the plate.
After a 1-2-3 2nd inning the struggles came back for Castillo as he walked Christian Yelich to start the inning and then gave up a 2-run homer to Avisail Garcia to pad the Milwaukee lead and make it 5-0. He would make it through the 4th and 5th innings before turning the game over to the bullpen in the 6th.
Michael Feliz took over and walked the first batter he faced, then gave up a 1-out single to put runners on 1st and 2nd. David Bell went to the bullpen to bring in Sean Doolittle to face the lefty portion of the Brewers lineup. It didn’t go as planned as Kolten Wong tripled in two runs and Christian Yelich drove him in and it was 8-2 before another pitching change took place. Ashton Gougeau came on to end the pain with a pop up to second base. He threw two perfect innings after that. Brad Brach came on for the 9th and served up a home run to Christian Yelich that landed somewhere in Tennessee that made it 9-2.
Notes Worth Noting
Jeses Winker and Nick Castellanos both raised their OPS over the 1.080 mark, with Winker sitting at 1.096 and Castellanos at 1.085 on the season. Now if only they could get some help.
Sean Doolittle has allowed 10 of the 12 inherited baserunners he’s entered the game with this season to score. That’s 83.3%. The league average is 35% this season.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals
Tuesday May 25th, 7:05pm ET
Tyler Mahle (2-2, 4.20 ERA) vs Max Scherzer (4-2, 2.24 ERA)