Tucker Barnhart said his heart raced to about 180 beats per minute in the 9th inning during Wade Miley’s no-hitter.
CLEVELAND –– Cincinnati Reds, who started replacing pitcher Luis Castillo, was the pitch he could always rely on in a strikeout.
But Castillo’s move hasn’t been as effective so far this season.
Castillo said his move was not 100% and that he adjusted his schedule so that there are fewer changes in Cleveland on Saturday. Castillo only threw four innings and allowed four deserved runs as Cleveland beat the Reds 9-2.
“What I saw is that about 70% of my parking spaces stay in the zone,” said Castillo through team interpreter Jorge Merlos. “I definitely notice that and I definitely focus on that too. What I’m trying to do now is lower the pitch so we can get more swings and misses and more ground balls. “
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws the Cleveland Indians’ Austin Hedges out on first base after a bunt during the second innings of a baseball game in Cleveland on Saturday, May 8, 2021. (AP Photo / Tony Dejak) (Photo: Tony Dejak, AP)
On his first seven starts of the season, Castillo has an ERA of 15.43 in the first inning. Castillo started the game on Saturday with his fastball, throwing it to 14 of his top 22 spots. But Cleveland left fielder Eddie Rosario sustained Castillo’s first inning fights when he hit a 96 mph fastball to turn an RBI brace to the left.
Castillo only had two strikes and neither was with his move. When Cleveland pulled up in the fourth inning, Castillo threw 12 sliders, nine fastballs and only six changes.
“While we had that change in the zone, it also stayed cut in the middle, we could use that slider,” said Castillo through Merlos.
Cleveland second baseline player Cesar Hernandez hit one of those changes in the first baseline for a three-time RBI triple. Castillo was drawn at the end of the inning after throwing 84 spots with a 6.42 ERA for the season.
“(It’s) not the concern, it’s just trying to help (Castillo) figure out what he needs, what adjustments we can help him,” said manager David Bell. “He continues to work hard. He’s so talented and working it’s a great formula to get through. “
When he was in the game, the Reds defense didn’t stop the damage. The Reds left fielder Tyler Naquin dropped a fly ball in left field in the second inning, causing Cleveland to score an inexperienced run later in the inning.
In the fourth game, first baseman Mike Moustakas and shortstop Kyle Farmer couldn’t get involved in a potential double game that could have ended the inning. Cleveland added three runs against Castillo and took a 6-1 lead in the fourth.
“I think we’re close,” said Castillo through Merlos. “The reason for this is that we know what’s going on and what’s wrong and that we can fix it too. I think we are definitely close and we will be there soon. “
Cincinnati’s offensive took its first run from the starting pitcher since Sunday’s 13:12 win over the Chicago Cubs, but one run was all the Reds got against Cleveland starting pitcher Aaron Civale.
Moustakas hit a sacrificial fly in the third inning to drive in midfielder Nick Senzel. Civale threw seven innings, allowing only one run and five hits with five strikeouts.
“We love our offense, but sometimes it’s not easy and you don’t come up with the big numbers,” said Bell. “A bat like (Moustakas) only had the sack fly today. We’ve seen a lot of good things in situations like this, so let’s keep doing it. “