Ryan Castellani starting to show what he’s made of
Ryan Castellani took the mound for the fourth time this season and he pitched one hell of a game. The No. 14 PuRP dominated the Sim Dodgers, holding them scoreless on five hits for seven innings. He also didn’t issue a single walk and struck out four. It was absolutely his best start to date.
On the contrary, his counterpart Alex Wood pitched six innings and held the Sim Rockies offense to a single run on three hits. He also did not walk a batter and struck out seven.
Speaking of offense...
The Sim Rockies were held to just two runs again, one of which came in extra innings. The one run during regulation came off the bat of Ian Desmond in the fifth in the form of a solo home run — his tenth of the year. That’s more home runs (10) than runs scored by the Sim Rockies in this series (9). Luckily the Sim Dodgers offense calmed down after the first two games, where they outscored the Sim Rockies 16-3.
The Sim Rockies did get a lot of hits in this game — ten total — but not many of them came around to score. Trevor Story, Chris Owings, Nolan Arenado, and Ian Desmond all recorded two hits apiece while Josh Fuentes and Elias Díaz accounted for the other two.
Look away, Kinley
Tyler Kinley came in to relieve Castellani in the eighth and ended up recording his first blown save. He allowed an RBI single to Mookie Betts, who scored Cody Bellinger. Kinley gave up as many walks (3) as he did hits, earned runs, and strikeouts combined in his one inning of work. His ERA still sits at 2.25, but he wasn’t the “Must See” Kinley that we’ve come to enjoy watching day in and day out.
Antonio Senzatela and Scott Oberg combined for the final two innings to earn the win and the save. Oberg struck out two batters, but every other stat field was a zero.
The Sim Rockies have an off day tomorrow before returning home to face the Sim Diamondbacks and Sim Pirates. They’ve had some woes at Sim Coors Field, but hopefully the off day doesn’t pause their momentum after this extra inning victory.