“He is something special,” Miley said. “He’s fun to watch. He gets his A swing off a lot and does a lot of damage and talks a lot every time he hits home runs and comes in the dugout. I think he might talk more than I do in the dugout, but man he sure is fun to be around.”
2. Nick Castellanos: Any mention of Winker has to come with a mention of Castellanos. They are putting together two of the most impressive individual performances in Reds history.
Castellanos had two hits in each of the first three games against the Cardinals but saw his 21-game hitting streak — the longest by a Red since a 22-game streak by Brandon Phillips in 2007 — end Sunday. He hit .463 (38-for-82) with 10 doubles, three home runs and 13 runs scored during that span.
Castellanos leads the league with a .359 batting average. Winker ranks second (.350).
3. Luis Castillo: The most important performance of the weekend was turned in by Castillo, who still owns the worst record (2-8) and ERA (6.63) among the Reds starters.
Castillo allowed one run on three hits in six innings Friday as the Reds beat the Cardinals 6-4. It was Castillo’s first victory since his second start of the season on April 7. He earned the loss in his last seven starts.
“It was time,” Castillo said. “What more can I say? I’m glad we were able to break the ice today and finally get that W. I definitely felt different today, especially when I got into the rhythm of the day. I was able to make the right adjustments and felt pretty good as the game went on, too.”
Brewers at Reds, 7:10 p.m., Bally Sports Ohio, 700, 1410