Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo 'put a show on' with 2 home runs in Pawtucket Friday night

Ryan Hannable
May 16, 2015 - 6:52 am

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- It seems Rusney Castillo is getting closer and closer to getting back to full strength. The outfielder has now played 12 games since injuring his shoulder the first weekend of the season. He started 0-for-11 in his return, but he's starting to hit his stride. Castillo is 11 for his last 35 (.314), including his best game of the year Friday night when he hit two home runs, ripped a double and walked -- going 3-for-5 overall in a 13-inning PawSox loss to the Columbus Clippers. "He played a great game," manager Kevin Boles said afterwards. "Obviously [hitting] the ball to both left and right field. Playing center field, yeah, he put a show on tonight. That was a really quality performance and he also took his walk. That was pretty good. Got to see him impact the ball, but also show some discipline at the plate." Castillo came to the plate in the first and launched a double off the 400-foot sign in center field on an effortless swing. He then came to the plate in the third with two runners on and lifted a towering fly ball to right field that kept carrying and landed in the PawSox bullpen for a three-run home run. He wasn't done there as in his next at-bat he lined a home run to left field, that got out of the park in a hurry. Those were his first two home runs of the year. He also drew a four-pitch walk in the 12th inning with runners on second and third. The center fielder also made a tremendous diving catch coming in on a ball in the sixth inning with runners on base, which preserved a shutout for PawSox starter Henry Owens. Boles said with all the time Castillo has missed, both in spring training and to open the year, this is still considered spring training for him. "This is kind of his spring training," he said. "We've talked about this before, because he's missed some time, but he's slowly but surely settling in. He's getting into the game speed. Tonight he made an impact on the game. Tonight he was was one of the best players on the field."