Castillo (5-1) recorded the win in a victory over the Orioles on Tuesday, firing a scoreless eighth inning during which he hit a batter and recorded a strikeout. Castillo played his setup role to near perfection, plunking Robinson Chirinos but still working out of the frame unscathed to preserve a scoreless tie at the time. Castillo was then rewarded for his 12th scoreless effort in his last 13 appearances when Jesse Winker plated a pair of runs with a double in the home half of the frame. Castillo is now 4-1 over his last five decisions, and his ERA (4.67) and WHIP (1.15) sit at their lowest figures since April 30 and April 24, respectively.
Castillo (4-1) fired a perfect eighth inning in a win over the Athletics on Thursday, recording two strikeouts. The veteran reliever prevented the Mariners' 1-0 deficit from growing during his ultra-sharp frame, one in which he threw eight of 11 pitches for strikes. Castillo was rewarded for a 10th scoreless effort in his last 11 appearances with his fourth win when the Mariners went ahead in the top of the ninth, and Paul Sewald then slammed the door on the Athletics in the home half of the frame. Castillo had allowed two runs (one earned) in his previous outing Saturday against the Angels, but he's largely righted the ship after a rocky start to the season by posting a 3-1 record, three saves, one hold, a 1.88 ERA and 0.49 WHIP over his last 14.1 innings.
Castillo fired a perfect eighth inning in a win over the Twins on Tuesday, recording a strikeout. The veteran right-hander got through his one frame on a crisp 13 pitches, eight which found the strike zone. Castillo has rebounded from a brief rough stretch in the latter part of May to put together nine consecutive scoreless appearances, a sample during which he's allowed just one hit, posted a 16:1 K:BB, recorded two victories and saves apiece and lowered his ERA and WHIP from 9.00 and 2.15 to 5.09 and 1.30, respectively.
Castillo picked up the save Wednesday against Houston. He struck out three with zero hits or walks during a scoreless ninth inning. Castillo entered with a three-run lead in the ninth inning to face the bottom of the Astros' order, and he struck out the side in en route to his fourth save of the season. Paul Sewald, who has been operating as the Mariners' top closing option, pitched in the eighth inning, but he had to face Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel. Despite Castillo getting the save opportunity over Sewald, it appears that Sewald is still the go-to guy for the highest-leverage moments.
Castillo earned a save against the Astros on Monday, allowing one walk in a scoreless ninth inning. Paul Sewald has taken over primary closer duties for Seattle of late, but he had pitched three of the past four days entering Monday and appeared to be unavailable. Castillo stepped in to close the door, preserving a three-run ninth-inning lead and allowing only a two-out walk. The right-hander has three saves on the campaign, but this was his first since May 15. He's pitched seven consecutive scoreless innings but still has an ugly 5.85 overall ERA due to a few blowups.
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