The Cincinnati Reds still find themselves in last place, where they have been stuck for more than a year. They’re not even close to escaping the basement in the National League Central Division, trailing the fourth-place St. Louis Cardinals by six games.
However, the Reds keep performing as if they’re much better than their 48-58 record. With a 4-0 victory Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Great American Ball Park — thanks in part to a career-high seven shutout innings by Luis Castillo — they took three of four games in the series and improved to 15-10 against teams currently in first place.
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Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, whose team is 58-47 and atop the NL East, praised the Reds on Sunday.
“Give some credit to that really good, young, hungry baseball team over there and the job Jim Riggleman is doing as a leader,” said Kapler in an interview posted to Phillies’ website. “We knew coming into this series their record was not an indicator of how good this club was. It’s a good baseball team with a really tough middle of the lineup and some strong bullpen arms. So kudos to them. They played well in this series. They pitched well in this series. They closed the door like they needed to. They got big hits. They did a good job. It’s a good, young club over there.”