Castillo didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two in the ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Royals.
Castillo was called upon to protect a two-run lead and had no trouble doing so, needing only 12 pitches to sit the Royals down in order. The Rays closing situation remains muddled, though Castillo has now recorded the team's last two saves and was likely called upon Thursday because each of the first three batters he was set to face were right-handed. At least in the short-term it appears that Castillo and Angel Pagan will split closer duties, as Jose Alvarado has failed to record a save since April 7.
Castillo allowed one hit and struck out one in the ninth inning Sunday against the Red Sox on the way to the save.
Castillo fanned the first batter of the inning, and after surrendering a hit to Rafael Devers, he retired the final two hitters to secure his third save of 2019. While Jose Alvarado remains the top option for saves, Castillo has shown that he's capable of slamming the door when necessary. The 25-year-old owns a 2.70 ERA with 16 strikeouts over 14.1 innings this season.
Castillo (0-1) allowed an earned run on three hits over an inning in an extra-innings loss to the Orioles on Thursday.
Jose Alvarado had already worked a clean 10th in which he struck out the side, so manager Kevin Cash rolled Castillo out for the 11th inning Thursday. The normally reliable reliever worked himself into trouble by allowing consecutive singles afer retiring the first two batters, and he ultimately surrendered a tie-breaking RBI double to Joey Rickard. That represented the first earned run given up this season by Castillo, who hadn't even allowed a hit in six of his previous seven appearances.
Castillo struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his second save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Orioles.
Jose Alvarado worked the eighth inning, so this wasn't a case of the Rays' closer being unavailable. Castillo has yet to allow a run this season through 10 innings with a 10:3 K:BB, and while he'll primary work in a setup role -- he has five holds to go with his two saves -- manager Kevin Cash isn't afraid to switch his two dominant relief options around if the matchups seem to call for it.
Castillo fired a perfect ninth inning in a win over the Rockies on Monday, striking out the side on 14 pitches.
The 25-year-old has opened the season in fine form, with Monday's outing his third scoreless effort in as many appearances. Castillo has allowed just a pair of hits and issued Monday's walk in that sample, and with his elite fastball, he could be see a fair amount of ninth-inning opportunities this season as a right-handed closing complement to southpaw Jose Alvarado.
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|2015||AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro||0||0||4.82||5||0||0||0||1||9.1||8||6||5||0||1||4||4|
|2015||ASX-Hudson Valley Renega||1||2||2.31||13||0||0||0||4||23.1||19||9||6||1||0||7||24|
|2016||AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro||1||3||2.03||24||0||0||0||7||40.0||34||12||9||1||2||11||50|
|2016||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||2||3||4.87||14||0||0||0||3||20.1||28||12||11||3||1||6||17|