A forgettable Tuesday night
Luis Castillo was acquired from Miami on January 19, 2017. He debuted on June 23, 2017 and since then leads MLB in strikeouts on changeups (161). He has allowed just 1 ER and owns a 0.61 WHIP in 16.1 career innings (two starts) against the Marlins.#BornToBaseball pic.twitter.com/IX5UjAvLqo— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 9, 2019
First, former Marlin Luís Castillo dominated the Fish for seven innings. This after being dealt to the Reds for Dan Straily in 2017 (who was recently released in a cost-saving move). Meanwhile, his mound opponent, José Ureña, was not good, allowing 11 men to reach base and four of them to score over just five innings.
Then, Don Mattingly
waved the white flag inserted Wei-Yin Chen into the game and all hell broke loose. A series of defensive misplays allowed runs in and surely affected Chen, who proceeded to melt down completely in an inning that would see him plunk Joey Votto (giving us this classic Votto moment) before the Marlins’ 20-million-dollar man surrendered back-to-back-to-back home runs to fall behind 11-0. For good measure, he was allowed to complete the seventh inning and gave up a three-run homer to Kyle Farmer.
The result was probably exactly what JT Riddle’s family and friends in attendance were hoping for: a chance to see their loved one play in his first major-league homecoming while also getting to see the home team win.
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News from the farm
Braxton Garrett is back throwing baseballs in real games:
Ian Smith covered the outing for Fish Stripes. Garrett’s fastball velocity sat around 91-92 mph, and the curveball flashed plus potential:
Víctor Víctor Mesa also had a good game for Jupiter.
Enjoy two new podcast episodes weighing in on more Marlins top prospect performance.
Speaking of pods, the Marlins closer at the start of last season, Brad Ziegler, is now retired and has joined the Athletic. Catch him debating the unwritten rules of baseball on a new show with Jake Ciely and Chris Meaney.