Castillo fired one scoreless inning Tuesday as he earned the save in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros. He allowed no hits and two walks while striking out two. After striking out Josh Reddick to begin the ninth inning, Castillo got into some trouble as he issued two consecutive walks with one out. However, he was able to close the door by striking out Jose Altuve before forcing a flyout to end the game. Both Castillo and Pete Fairbanks now have two saves during this postseason.
Castillo earned the save Sunday in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros. He allowed one hit while striking out one batter over 1.2 scoreless innings. Castillo entered the game in the eighth with the bases loaded and managed to escape the jam with a single pitch -- he got Yuli Gurriel to ground into an inning-ending double play. He then worked around a single in the ninth to earn his first save of the postseason. Peter Fairbanks has notched two saves during these playoffs while Nick Anderson has worked as part of the bridge to the ninth.
Castillo was credited with his fourth hold in a win over the Mets on Monday, firing 1.1 perfect innings during which he recorded a strikeout. The fact Castillo needed just 11 pitches to record four outs underscores his level of efficiency Monday, with his clean outing pulling his ERA down to an elite 1.74. The right-hander has been one of manager Kevin Cash's most trusted relief assets all season, allowing just four runs across 21 appearances and also going 4-for-5 in save situations in addition to his setup work.
Castillo (3-0) blew the save but picked up the win in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles, giving up one hit and walking three batters over 1.2 scoreless innings. He struck out one. Brought into a 1-0 game in the sixth inning and a runner on second, Castillo was tagged for an RBI single by Ryan Mountcastle, but the Rays rallied back in the top of the seventh to make the right-hander the winner. It was the first time since Aug. 7 that Castillo issued multiple free passes in an outing, and his 1.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 21:11 K:BB through 19.1 innings should keep him in the high-leverage mix for Tampa over the final days of the season.
Castillo gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his fourth save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. The veteran right-hander continues to be an integral part of the Rays' high-leverage bullpen crew. Castillo has been scored upon only once in his last seven appearances, a stretch during which he has all four of his saves. On the year he boasts a 2.04 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 20:8 K:BB through 17.2 innings.
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