Chapman foiled again
The trials and tribulations of closing is something even Aroldis Chapman is not immune to. Chapman was on the hook for a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th for a difficult 3-2 Reds loss to the Indians.
Click here for the complete game recap. Make no bones, this was a heartbreaker for the Reds.
The Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Shin-Soo Choo, CLE — 3-for-4. Choo hit the one-out double in the 10th that set up the game-ender. In the series, Choo is 5-for-9 with two double and one homer.
No. 2 star: Mike Leake — 7 ip, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 114 pitches (career-high tying)/68 strikes. Leake kept Cleveland from scoring most of the time as they were 1-for-12 RISP. After giving up a run in the fourth, he retired his final 11 in a row.
“He gave us a great outing,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. That’s the most pitches he’s ever thrown since he’s been here, since it’s a sign of how he’s working. He was throwing just as good in the seventh as he was in the first.”
No. 1 star: Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE — 2-for-5, game-winning 2-run HR. In a 3-1 count, Cabrera sent a 94-mph fastball over the right field wall off of Aroldis Chapman to end the game.
“Hey, this guy is our best hitter. He’s proven that,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “He’s got the discipline at the plate. From both sides of the plate right now I still think he has more walks than strikeouts. He gives you a quality at-bat and he uses the whole field — that’s why he’s so good.”
“When you’re down in the count, you have to make a pitch in the middle, and he hit a home run,” Chapman said through his translator. “The pitches were not where I wanted but the speed wasn’t there but I feel good.”
News and notes:
*In six games since June 7, Chapman is 0-3 with two blown saves, two homers and six runs allowed. His ERA is now at 1.57 after being at 0.00 through the first 24 games.
“The guy is human,” Baker said. “What he was doing earlier in the year was just un-human. He just got a pitch to a good hitter. This guy is an All-Star and can hit. He’s equally tough on the right side as he is on the left side. When they do catch up with Chapman’s ball, he’s supplying most of the power. If they catch up to it and center it, sometimes that’s going to happen.”
*The Reds were 2-for-12 RISP on the night.
*Cincinnati is 3-5 in extra innings this season.
*Cleveland moved into first place in the AL Central meaning that Wednesday will be the first time since July 9-11, 1999, that the two Ohio teams have met while both are leading their respective divisions.