The Reds were sending one of the best pitchers over the last two months to the mound and Cleveland was sending a rookie spot starter with an ERA nearing 8.00 to the mound in a match up that seemed prime for a Cincinnati win. They have to actually play the game, though, and Cleveland went off against Luis Castillo as they beat the Reds in a makeup of a postponed game from May.
|Cincinnati Reds (61-52)
|Cleveland Guardians (55-55)
|W: Garza (2-0) L: Castillo (6-11)
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Jonathan India led off the game with a walk and he would score on a Joey Votto single to make it 1-0. Cincinnati would get a runner on in each of the next three innings but couldn’t get much going. It was 8-1 before they would get the offense going again, and it was India getting it done again. India led off the 5th with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Castellanos to cut into Cleveland’s lead.
Trailing 9-2 in the top of the 9th the Reds got a little bit of help from Cleveland as Eugenio Suárez led off with a grounder that third baseman José Ramírez threw away, placing Suárez on second. Tucker Barnhart would double later in the inning to make it a 9-3 game. That was all she wrote, though, as the Guardians held on for the win.
The incredible run that Luis Castillo had been on came to a painful end on Monday night in Cleveland. Over the previous 12 starts he allowed multiple earned runs in just four games and never more than three runs in any start in that span. Cleveland scored multiple runs in three of the four innings that Castillo threw in, and scored a single run in the other one as he was charged with eight runs in 3.1 innings while giving up seven hits, hitting a batter, and walking three more.
Jeff Hoffman threw 2.2 shutout innings of relief, and Lucas Sims pitched a scoreless 8th inning.
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Tuesday August 10, 7:20pm ET
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