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.
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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.