The Chapman changeup
Be sure to check out the game story featuring Homer Bailey and Todd Frazier on MLB.com and Reds.com after Friday’s 5-3 Reds win over the Cardinals.
Here are some other items of note from the win:
*Aroldis Chapman pitched a one-hit ninth inning for his fourth save. Chapman struck out first batter Matt Adams with a 102 mph fastball. His very next pitch, to Jhonny Peralta, was a changeup — at 88 mph that produced a swing and big miss. The next pitch was a 90 mph changeup that Peralta swung for strike two. Chapman followed with 101 mph heat and got a grounder to third base for the second out. In a three-pitch sequence to Shane Robinson, Chapman’s second pitch was an 89 mph change.
“It’s a pitch he’s worked on since he came over in 2010,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “But when you become a closer, it’s like the whole saying about not getting beat by your third-best pitch. Well, it depends how good that third pitch is. He worked hard on that changeup and is throwing it with confidence to go with that fastball.”
*The defensive play of the night goes to 1B Brayan Pena. The first out of the eighth inning featured a nice diving stop by Pena near first base and a no-look toss to reliever Jonathan Broxton covering the bag to get Matt Holliday out. Pena could be seen laughing at himself after the out, as the crowd of 37,271 applauded in appreciation.
“It’s one of those plays that just happened,” Pena said. “I have no words to describe what happened. It’s just adrenaline. I saw [Broxton] coming at me, and I was like, you know what, let me just flip it there because he’s a good athlete. But, most importantly, it was a great victory for us. I think it was a well-played game and we really deserved this one.”
*The Reds won back-to-back games for the first time since May 3-4 vs. the Brewers.
*Devin Mesoraco, who hit a solo homer in the sixth inning, has hit safely in 15 of his 18 games he has started and has produced at least one RBI in 11 of those games.
*Broxton has not allowed a run in 11 of his 12 appearances and the last four in a row.