'I was shocked': Nick Castellanos usage questionable in Reds extra-innings loss to Mets

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The Cincinnati Enquirer 20 July, 2021 - 06:26am 17 views

Why is Luis Rojas suspended?

Luis Rojas was suspended for two games following his ejection and on-field antics in Sunday's win over the Pirates. Major League Baseball announced that in addition to the suspension, which was the result of “excessive arguing,” Rojas was also fined an undisclosed amount. New York Daily NewsMets' Luis Rojas suspended 2 games for ‘excessive arguing’ with umps

Why was Mets manager suspended today?

CINCINNATI (AP) — New York Mets manager Luis Rojas was suspended Monday for two games and fined for excessive arguing with umpires, an outburst that followed a bizarre play a day earlier at Pittsburgh. Rojas was to begin serving his suspension Monday night at Cincinnati. He said he was not offered the chance to appeal. Associated PressMets manager Rojas suspended 2 games for outburst

“I was shocked when he went out to right field,” Mets acting manager Dave Jauss said after the game.

If Castellanos was available for the Reds 15-11 loss to the Mets in 11 innings on Monday, Jauss expected Castellanos would have been used sooner.

“Nick is still dealing with some soreness, we wanted to make sure it was a very, very important spot,” Bell said. “There's always risk that you can re-injure or tweak it or aggravate it. I do not want to do that unless it was that important.”

When Castellanos did come up to bat in the bottom of the 11th inning, the Reds were already down by four runs. The Reds had bigger chances to use him in the game, but Bell planned to wait until it was absolutely necessary.

Castellanos was hit in the hand by a pitch on Friday, and he still isn't at 100%. Castellanos hadn't been in the starting lineup since then, and he didn't take batting practice on the field before the game on Monday.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the potential winning run on third base, the biggest spot of the game to that point, Castellanos sat on the bench. Pinch-hitter Mike Freeman, a .213 hitter, struck out to end the inning.

Bell said he didn’t use Castellanos because the Reds still had another bench player available in Freeman, and the Reds didn’t need a hit to keep the game alive. Regardless of the result of Freeman’s at-bat, the game would go to extra innings.

“In these situations with extra innings, you're trying to extend the game,” Bell said. “As long as you can stay tied, you have an opportunity. If it came down to a last at-bat and we were behind and had to get a hit or have an at-bat to extend a game, that's where I would've used (Castellanos).”

In the 10th inning, Bell said he nearly had Castellanos pinch-hit for center fielder Shogo Akiyama as the Mets had a left-handed pitcher on the mound. But after outfielder Tyler Naquin hit a game-tying single, Bell had Akiyama hit with two outs in the inning and the game-winning run again on third base.

“(Using Castellanos) was a possibility if things would've gone different to that point and Shogo's at-bat was in a different situation,” Bell said. “If the situation would've been different earlier and we had a great chance to win the game, He was available to be used.”

“I was thinking in the 11th inning, we might have an opportunity to walk some guys (intentionally) to bring up (Wade Miley), I thought they might use Miley (to pinch hit),” Jauss said. “I didn’t think Castellanos was available.”

But when the Mets took an 11-10 lead and the Reds made a pitching change, Bell called for a double switch. Reliever Ryan Hendrix became the pitcher, and Castellanos entered the game in right field, due up fourth in the bottom of the 11th inning.

By the time Castellanos stepped up to the plate, the Reds were down four runs. Hendrix allowed two home runs, which took away the impact of Castellanos’ 11th inning at-bat.

Even though Castellanos wasn’t 100%, he still hit a 339-foot fly ball to the warning track in right field as the Reds lost by four runs.

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Mets vs. Reds - Game Recap - July 19, 2021 - ESPN

ESPN 20 July, 2021 - 09:01am

CINCINNATI -- — Jeff McNeil hit a tiebreaking single in the 11th inning, Kevin Pillar added a three-run homer and the New York Mets went deep seven times Monday night to pull out a wild 15-11 win over the slumping Cincinnati Reds.

Michael Conforto connected twice, including a solo shot that capped a five-run outburst in the 11th as the NL East leaders finally put this one away and handed Cincinnati its fourth straight loss to open the second half.

New York shook off a season-high four errors — all in the first two innings. Three were committed by shortstop Luis Guillorme, subbing for injured Francisco Lindor.

“No one flinched," Pillar said “We didn't play very good baseball early. We shot ourselves in the foot, but no one pointed fingers. We picked each other up. That's what we've been doing all year. It was one of those crazy games that you kind of anticipate coming here."

While manager Luis Rojas served the first game of his two-game suspension, McNeil, Home Run Derby champ Pete Alonso, Dominic Smith and pinch-hitter James McCann also homered for New York in a game that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes.

“You don't even realize it's a five-hour game because of all the action going on,” McCann said.

The seven home runs allowed by the Reds matched a franchise record.

“It doesn’t feel great losing four coming out of the break,” said second baseman Jonathan India, who reached base six times. “We swung the bat well. That’s a positive. I don’t play the game for personal goals. I’m just trying to do what I can to win.”

McCann came off the bench in the eighth and twice give the Mets leads that were coughed up by the bullpen.

Tyler Naquin drove in four runs for Cincinnati with a career-high five hits, including a tying single in the 10th.

“It was cool for sure, my first five-hit game,” Naquin said. "Both teams were swinging the bat. They just came out on top.”

All-Star outfielder Jesse Winker gave Cincinnati an 8-7 lead with a two-run double in the seventh before handing closer Edwin Díaz his third straight blown save and fourth this season with a tying double in the ninth.

Anthony Banda (1-0) was the winner in his Mets debut after getting called up from the minors earlier in the day. Trevor May got two outs for his third save, and second in two days.

Edgar Garcia (0-1) took the loss.

Alonso, who won his second consecutive Home Run Derby on July 12 at Coors Field, gave the Mets a quick 2-0 lead with his first homer of the second half two batters into the game.

Guillorme’s error on a possible double-play ball opened the door for the Reds to grab a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the first. Naquin drove in two runs with a soft double down the left field line — the second straight day the Mets have given up multiple runs on a soft first-inning hit.

A trio of Pirates scored Sunday when New York pitcher Taijuan Walker knocked a barely fair ball into foul territory and nobody went to retrieve it. Rojas’ vehement argument earned an ejection and, from Major League Baseball on Monday, a two-game suspension and a fine.

Bench coach Dave Jauss served as acting manager.

Wild games are becoming a Mets habit. They blew a six-run lead to lose Saturday in Pittsburgh before overcoming a 6-0 first-inning deficit to win on Sunday.

Cincinnati added four unearned runs in a second inning that included three more New York errors, two by Guillorme on one play. That helped shorten starter Jerad Eickhoff’s night. Only two of the seven runs he permitted were earned.

Vladimir Gutierrez gave up three home runs for the second time in his last four starts before leaving after four innings.

Conforto has homered in three of his last five games after going a career-long 30 games without one. The outfielder had three hits, three RBI and three runs scored, and appears to be breaking out of a lengthy slump after missing more than a month earlier this season with a hamstring injury. He hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth inning of Sunday’s win at Pittsburgh before following it up with his big game Monday night, which included teaming with Pillar on back-to-back homers in the 11th.

Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) is scheduled to make his next rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Syracuse. ... RHP Noah Syndergaard (Tommy John surgery) threw before the game, and the Mets hope he can rejoin the team at the start of September. ... RHP Corey Oswalt was transferred to the 60-day injured list. Oswalt went on the 10-day IL on July 6 with right knee inflammation.

Reds: OF Nick Senzel (left knee inflammation, surgery) could go on a rehab assignment as early as next week, manager David Bell said. Senzel hasn’t played since May 17.

RHP Stephen Nogosek was called up from Syracuse. INF Travis Blankenhorn was optioned to Triple-A, and OF Johneshwy Fargas was designated for assignment.

Mets: RHP Robert Stock (0-2) will be recalled to start Tuesday against the Reds.

Reds: LHP Wade Miley (7-4) turned in 8 1/3 shutout innings July 9 at Milwaukee in his last first-half start.

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Pitching implodes, Reds lose 15-11

Red Reporter 19 July, 2021 - 11:10pm

That’s four in a row coming out of the break.

Honorable Mention: Jonathan India - 2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, HBP, Jesse Winker - 3 for 6, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, Joey Votto - 3 for 5, 2B, RBI, R, Kyle Farmer - 2 for 4, R, and to Amir Garrett for striking out two in a perfect inning and Heath Hembree for firing 1.1 scoreless innings.

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