Luis Castillo IS BACK – or at least he was on Friday as he allowed just one run in 6.0 innings in St. Louis as the Cincinnati Reds beat up on the Cardinals for a while before the bullpen made it close.
|Cincinnati Reds (26-29)
|St. Louis Cardinals (31-27)
|W: Castillo (2-8) L: Kim (1-4) SV: Feliz (1)
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Tyler Stephenson got the scoring started with a leadoff home run in the top of the 2nd inning. Kyle Farmer was hit by a pitch later in the inning and Jonathan India followed with a home run of his own, making it 3-0 for the Reds.
Prior to the start of the 4th inning Cardianls starter Kwang Hyun Kim was injured while warming up and had to exit the game. He was replaced by Jake Woodford. He kept the Reds off the board for the next 1.2 innings. But when Seth Elledge took over that’s then when Cincinnati got to work. Jonathan India drew a walk and Luis Castillo crushed a double to the warning track in center to get back the run he had just allowed in the previous inning to extend the lead to 4-1 in the top of the 6th.
The Reds played add on in the 9th when the best hitting duo in the National League got to work. Jesse Winker singled, Nick Castellanos doubled and then Tyler Stephenson singled in Winker to make it 5-1. Shogo Akiyama then grounded into a force out, but Castellanos scored to make it 6-1. They would need those runs.
Luis Castillo was having himself a strong night, tossing up zeroes in the run column through four, but Edumndo Sosa hit a solo homer in the 5th to get the Cardinals on the board and cut the Reds lead to 3-1. After doubling in a run in the top of the 6th Castillo returned to the mound and had to work to get through the inning but shattered Yadier Molina’s bat on a 99.1 MPH fastball that ended the inning in a pop up to Jonathan India. That would be his final pitch of the game as he went to the bench with just one run over 6.0 innings on three hits, a walk, and with five strikeouts.
Brad Brach came out for the bottom of the 7th inning and made quick work of the Cardinals with two strikeouts and a ground out to third base. Ryan Hendrix took over in the 8th but allowed a double and a walk in 0.2 innings before David Bell came out to bring on Heath Hembree to face Nolan Arenado. The Reds and Hembree came out ahead as Arenado struck out swinging to strand two and Cincinnati held their 4-1 lead.
The 9th inning was given to Hembree with a short bullpen on the night as both Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone unavailable after last night. He got Yadier Molina to ground out to start the frame but then walked Tyler O’Neill and then seemingly hit Matt Carpenter to put two men on the bases. After a replay request, though, Carpenter returned to the batters box because he wasn’t actually hit by the pitch. He doubled on the next pitch to make it 6-2.
Cincinnati went to Sean Doolittle to set up a lefty-on-lefty match up, but the Cardinals pinch hit a righty in Andrew Knizner. Doolittle walked him. Tommy Edman followed up with a 2-run double to make it 6-4. The first of those two runs was an inherited runner that scored. Doolittle has now allowed 11 of 13 inherited runners to score this season. Dylan Carlson followed with a single to put runners on the corners and that brought out Bell to bring in Michael Feliz to face Paul Goldschmidt with two outs. Easy peasey for Feliz-ee as he needed just three pitches to strike out Goldschmidt to end the game and pick up the save.
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