Walker on Chapman’s inside pitch

The Reds and Pirates have exchanged some purpose pitches over the last couple of seasons, including one during that last road trip that put Brandon Phillips out for four games with a bruised left forearm.

In the ninth innoing during Monday’s 4-1 Reds win over Pittsburgh, closer Aroldis Chapman came up and in with a 100 mph fastball. It whizzed under the chin of Walker, who bent backwards somewhat like Keanu Reeves from “The Matrix” to get out of the way. Walker struck out on the next pitch.

Courtesy of Jeremy Warnemuende, Walker talked with reporters about the brushback.

“You try to give players the benefit of the doubt, and you try to be as professional as you can be. But given the history between us and Cincinnati, it makes you wonder a bit,” Walker said.

Walker continued: “If that’s the route that we’re going to go down of giving in to, ‘If you hit our guy, we’re going to hit yours,’ then that’s the way it’s going to be. But by no means, balls should not be anywhere near anybody’s head. Like I said, I was hit by [Mat] Latos last time at our place. I was fine with it because he hit me right in the butt. We moved on. Whether last night was part of any of that, I don’t know. It’s tough to get me in particular fired about things, but when you see a 100 mph fastball come pretty close to your face, you’ve got to wonder a little bit.”

(Latos hit Walker in retaliation for Phillips being knocked out by a Tony Watson fastball on June 1.)

This isn’t the first time Chapman’s high heat has bothered a hitter. The Indians weren’t pleased late last month when he buzzed Nick Swisher with a 100 mph fastball near the head.

In the fourth inning of Monday’s game, Reds starter Mike Leake plunked Andrew McCutchen in the back with a 0-2 pitch. Jeremy said that McCutchen took no issue with the pitch and realized it was not intentional.

5 Comments

If you are going to retaliate, hit em between the butt and numbers; always was the
spot years ago, hope it continues. Anything by the head should result in a very stern decision. Knees, ankles, elbows, arms, wrists, necks, faces and heads are just not what baseball is all about. I understand the “back off the plate” and I understand the “pay back”, what I don’t understand is the life threatening and career ending jerks that don’t understand the code. jmo.

Ian Kennedy plunked 2 guys in the head or near the head one of them being the ace of the dodgers pitching staff and he got just 10 days. If Chapman wants to send a message to not hit our players anymore drill their very best player right between the eyes. Seems like Chapman only pitches once every 10 days as it is.

do the reds have 26 on their roster,

That number is not permitted on the active roster.

, course not a real pitcher till I got to the high school level if I hadn’t been so stupid and got in trouble. I broke a lot of fingers and a lotta ribs but you never throw the players head especially when you throw that hard.!ddd

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