After struggling a bit in his first two starts of the spring – and let’s be sure to note that it doesn’t matter one iota that he struggled – Luis Castillo got things going on Thursday afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cincinnati Reds All-Star pitcher allowed a run on two hits in 3.0 innings with no walks and he struck out five batters.

Ryan Hendrix came on to follow Castillo and he had to work around some defensive miscues. He was charged with two unearned runs in an inning of work with two strikeouts. Tyler Mahle pitched the 5th-7th innings and gave up two earned runs with two walks and a strikeout in his 3.0 innings. Alex Powers picked up two strikeouts in a shutout frame in the 8th. Tony Santillan “allowed” a leadoff double on a ball that was lost in the sun. That runner would come around to score. He gave up an actual single to follow, but got a ground out and two strikeouts to limit the damage.

Among the starting position players in the lineup it was Kyle Farmer getting things done in the Reds third inning that saw Cincinnati push four runs across the plate. Farmer started things out with a solo home run to left field. Joey Votto would walk later in the inning and score on a Mike Moustakas doubled. Aristides Aquino would come through with an RBI single to plate the Reds second baseman. Josh VanMeter capped off the inning with an RBI double of his own. From there, though, the offense went rather quiet.

Among the replacement players that came in after the starters only two players picked up hits. Alfredo Rodriguez had a single, going 1-3 on the day. Jonathan India also picked up a single, going 1-1 after taking over for Josh VanMeter at third base. You can see the entire box score for the game here.

11 Responses

  1. DHud

    Take aways from spending the past week down in Goodyear with the family:

    – Garcia is a bad man. When he hits them they stay hit
    – Rasiel Iglesias looks terrible
    – Akiyama looks good in center and isn’t overmatched at the plate so far
    – Aquino still can’t hit a breaking ball
    – VanMeter and Farmer looked better than Blandino

    And on a side note, we were taking in some live BP when Narcisco Crook split a bat. Few minutes later he comes out of the dugout and hands it to my daughter. Pretty neat experience and nice gestures

    • Doug Gray

      Crook is one of the nicest dudes I’ve ever met in baseball.

  2. icehole3

    Love Akiyama, doesn’t spend every at bat swing for the fences. He tries slashing the ball the other way ala Barry Larkin, love that.

  3. MichaelA

    Doug- From your point of view, can JVM handle SS if Galvis is out for a bit? Thank you!

      • MichaelA

        Thank you! Looking at his defensive numbers there I thought it was sketchy but I have never seen him play there. Thank you again.

  4. Oldtimer

    “the spring – and let’s be sure to note that it doesn’t matter one iota” yep.

    ST especially early ST doesn’t matter at all.

    It never has. It never will.

    • Doug Gray

      Well, spring matters in one aspect: Health. Got to stay healthy.

      • Oldtimer

        Yes. True.

        Three most successful Reds team of the 2000s are 2010, 2012, and 2013.

        In ST 2010 was 12-16. 2012 was 15-17. 2013 was 13-20. High ERA in each case.

  5. Amarillo

    I would think Spring Training would matter a lot for players who are trying to earn a roster spot, as well as prospects. It just doesn’t matter for players who have safe roster spots and in the win/loss column. Would you disagree Doug? For example, pretending for a moment the option situation does not exist, it would seem like Aquino has been playing himself onto the roster at Louisville this spring.

    • Amarillo

      I’ll clarify I mean Spring game performance.