Chapman “a little stiff”
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman notched his 35th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning during a 5-3 win over the Brewers, but it wasn’t without a bump. As Chapman struck out first batter Rickie Weeks, he appeared uncomfortable. It brought out the trainer and pitching coach Jeff Pico. After a few moments, Chapman was allowed to continue.
“He was a little stiff; he had a hard time getting loose, which isn’t unusual,” manager Bryan Price said. “I think if you wanted to go through the clubhouse right now and ask anybody if they feel real good when they go out there, if they were honest, they’d probably say, ‘No, not real good.’ But I think we’re right there; we’re right there towards the finish line. And I think we’re just trying to survive and make it all the way. And you’ve noticed, there’s guys that haven’t pitched in a week; there’s a reason for that, it’s not just personal choice.”
Chapman threw 12 pitches, nine for strikes. Only one of them was 100 mph.
Among those who haven’t been used lately — Manny Parra last pitched on Sept. 17 and Logan Ondrusek’s last appearance was Sept. 14.