Rocky 1st frame at Coors ominous for Castillo

In order to give Wade Miley an extra day of rest following his no-hitter last week, the Reds moved up Luis Castillo to face the Rockies on Thursday. The switch was also motivated by a desire to keep Castillo on his normal four days’ rest and maintain his regular pitching flow.

But absolutely nothing flowed the right way for Castillo as he slogged through another rough performance during a 13-8 Reds loss to Colorado at Coors Field. While tying a career high with eight earned runs allowed, he set a new career high by giving up 10 hits. It all came in the span of only 3 2/3 innings.

“It just seems like in situations where you’re struggling or things aren’t going your way, it continues to snowball. We’ve got to just keep punching out of it,” Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said.

Castillo rarely shows frustration on the mound or behind the scenes, but it was clear that he felt some this time.

“To me, it looked like he was kind of battling himself a little bit. But we had a mound visit there … I got him to smile,” Barnhart said. “Obviously in times like that, it’s hard to do it — it’s hard to keep going, really. I just asked him, ‘Are you having fun?’ We all play this game to have fun. Because it is fun. He smiled.”

Over eight starts this year, Castillo is 1-5 with…

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