CINCINNATI — Reds outfielders Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker sit at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, atop the Major Leagues in hitting. Not all of their hits are glamorous, but this week, they’ve shown just how important those smaller ones can be.
During the Reds’ 7-3 win over the Brewers on Wednesday, hustle was responsible for their first two runs. In the bottom of the first inning against Brett Anderson, Winker chopped a ball between the mound and first base. He outran Anderson’s tag and was safe with a single. Next, Castellanos squibbed a grounder to a similar spot.
As Castellanos ran up the line, Anderson hurried a throw and made an error. Both batters later scored to give Cincinnati and pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez a 2-1 lead.
“Everything is important because at the end of the day, it all adds up,” Castellanos said on Thursday. “I think maybe just for Vlad to have confidence to go back out with a lead in the second inning, it’s giving him that extra wind or security he needed to do what he did.”
“Winker is going to get his hits; he doesn’t need a -mph swinging bunt to get a hit, too,” Anderson said after the game. “The first inning, my stuff felt really good. Got weak contact. It was just some unfortunate hits there.”
The plays appeared to set a positive tone for the Reds during the game.
“When you can have…