September 28, 2022
Castillo (6 K's) let down by mistakes on the field

CINCINNATI — Was Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo sharp? No. Did Castillo have his best stuff? No. Yet, Cincinnati and Castillo still could have won Sunday’s game vs. the Nationals.

Instead, an array of fourth-inning defensive mistakes and one big baserunning gaffe in the ninth meant a 5-4 loss for the Reds, as they dropped the final three games of the four-game series. 

“There’s no question they win and lose as a team, which is all you can ask for,” manager David Bell said. “There’s a lot of things that went into the way this series went today. It didn’t come down to one play.”

Over 6 1/3 innings and 111 pitches, Castillo gave up five runs — three earned — and six hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Through six starts since his season debut on May 9, he is 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA. Over his most recent four starts, he has a 2.70 ERA.

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