Why Hoover, not Chapman?
While the Reds win on Friday worked out in how the bullpen was used with J.J. Hoover getting the eighth-inning strikeout with the bases loaded to escape the jam, the seemingly everyday question of “why not Chapman?” still came. Bryan Price revealed Saturday that Chapman wasn’t available for more than an inning.
“We knew going into it that it wasn’t going to be a multiple-inning situation for Chappy,” Price said. “I’ll leave it at that just from what we knew going into yesterday’s game on where he was. Under different circumstances, it would have been Chapman in that situation. We knew he was going to be up once, and in once yesterday. I knew that going into the game or that would have had a different flavor to it in the eighth for sure.”
Chapman got the save with one hit allowed in the two-strikeout ninth. Bryce Harper hit his 102 mph fastball up the middle for a one-out single.