Aroldis Chapman Returns in Reds' 4-1 Win Over Rockies

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman earned a save in his first game back after getting hit by a line drive in the face during a preseason game against the Kansas City Royals. In his return to the mound, Chapman struck out the side in the ninth inning as the Reds beat the visiting Colorado Rockies 4-1 on May 11.

May 12 2014, 4:53am CDT | by

Aroldis Chapman Returns in Reds' 4-1 Win Over Rockies
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Aroldis Chapman earned a save in his return to the mound on May 11 as the Cincinnati Reds topped the Colorado Rockies 4-1. 

Chapman struck out the side in the ninth inning with his pitches reaching 100 mph as he is back to his old, deadly form after getting struck by a line drive in the face during a preseason game against the Kansas City Royals, per's Andy Call: 

"Chapman returned to the Reds for the first time since his horrifying Spring Training mishap, and his ensuing performance was as memorable as his entrance. Chapman fired fastballs of over 100 mph, struck out three consecutive batters after a leadoff walk and preserved Cincinnati's 4-1 win over Colorado.

"'My favorite pitch was the third strike to the last guy,' Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said. 'My second-favorite was the first strike he threw. I thought about how far he had come back. It was something really cool to be a part of.'

"Chapman's first pitch was a 100-mph fastball that Troy Tulowitzki watched for a called strike. Tulowitzki went on to draw a walk, but Chapman fanned Carlos Gonzalez on three pitches, then struck out Nolan Arenado and Justin Morneau swinging to end the game. 

"His fastball velocity ranged from 99-102 mph, and Chapman kept the hitters off balance by mixing in a few sliders as well." 

The Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosencrans recalls the fateful Spring Training game on March 19 against the Kansas City Royals when Salvador Perez's line drive in the bottom of the sixth inning hit Chapman flush in the face, causing him to fall on to the mound, writhing in pain. Rosencrans notes Reds catcher Brayan Pena was there to support Chapman during the peak of the ordeal.  

"Pena didn't play in Sunday's game, but he was behind the plate on March 19 in Surprise, Ariz., when Salvador Perez's line drive hit Chapman just above his left eye. Pena was there at the hospital that night and again after Chapman had surgery to place a titanium plate above his eye and nose. 

"And he was there on Sunday when Reds manager Bryan Price made the call to the bullpen for Chapman to come out and try to finish off the Rockies.

"'I'm so excited to see him out there,' Pena said. 'We took a picture together today, because we took a picture together in the hospital after he got hurt. Today he was all sweaty and we took a picture with Roger (Bernadina) and (Ramon) Santiago -- it was very, very emotional." 

Chapman then tells Rosencrans about his emotions upon taking the mound again through Cincinnati's assistant athletic trainer Tomas Vera, who served as Chapman's interpreter. 

"The majority of athletes know how to control themselves -- I was happy, of couse I was happy. But I was able to control myself and be able to work without distraction. 

"It didn't bother me too much because I walked the guy (Tulowitzki), walking a person is part of the game and walking is like when you give up a hit or a home run, when someone does something, that's part of the game. 

"You can't get (mad), yes, I walked him and he's the first batter I faced and the first batter of the inning, but he walks and he's on and I forget about him and I have to get to the next guy."

ESPN Stats & Information offered a more perspective on Chapman's value: 

"Chapman hit at least 100 mph on the radar gun 15 times on 21 pitches. 

"Sunday marked the fifth time over the last four seasons that Chapman has thrown 15 or more pitches clocked at 100 mph or faster. 

"Opponents have missed on 42 percent of their swings against pitches clocked that fast by Chapman in his career (counting both the regular season and the postseason). 

"The average major-league pitch thrown less than 100 mph is missed about 23 percent of the time. 

"Chapman has recorded 196 outs and yielded only 22 hits and 15 walks against his 100-mph pitches. 

"Chapman's return should play a significant role in returning some sense of normalcy to the Reds' bullpen. 

"In his absence, Reds relievers were 3-8 with a 4.80 ERA to start the season. 

"They ranked 29th in ERA and 29th in strikeout-to-walk ratio

"Chapman entered the season with a 2.40 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk rate of better than 3 to 1." 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Indian bowlers in fine form in second practice match
Adelaide, Dec 4 (IANS) Pacer Varun Aaron powered India's bowling charge, picking four wickets here Thursday, to bowl out Cricket Australia XI for 243 runs in Day 1 of their final two-day tour game before the four-Test series against Australia.
Aguero to 'try and convince' Messi to join City
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Manchester City star forward Sergio Aguero has vowed to try and persuade Argentine team-mate Lionel Messi into signing with the English football club.
Harris raring to make a comeback from injury
Sydney, Dec 4 (IANS) Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris Thursday said he is both physically and mentally fit to make a comeback to the national squad, to play the first Commonwealth Bank Test against India starting Dec 9.
European golfing duo target Thailand meet
Chonburi (Thailand), Dec 4 (IANS) Two of Europe's most consistent performers will be looking to end 2014 with a bang at the Thailand Golf Championship which takes place at the award-winning Amata Spring Country Club Dec 11-14.

Latest from the Network

Australian researcher discovers first artwork by early human
Sydney, Dec 4 (IANS) An Australian researcher has discovered what is believed to be the first artwork created by a human. The simple zigzag pattern found on a fossilized shell from the Indonesian island of Java has...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
Insects compete with rats to clear garbage
New York, Dec 4 (IANS) Insects play a very important role in cleaning up cities and they compete with other pests like rats and pigeons in their endeavour, a study has said. Scientists sampled arthropods - such as...
Read more on Business Balla
School headmaster shot dead in Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Thursday killed the headmaster of a private school in Pakistan's Balochistan province. Police officials said the armed men opened fire at the vehicle of Zahid Ali,...
Read more on Politics Balla
Four more bodies recovered from sunken South Korean ship
Seoul, Dec 4 (IANS) Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said. This increased the toll to 16, including six South Koreans and 10...
Read more on Politics Balla
Lesbian couple asked to desist in London restaurant
London, Dec 4 (IANS) A lesbian couple in a London restaurant was asked to desist by a staff member, who asked them to "stop what you are doing". Lydia Cawson, 29, said that she and her girlfriend were asked by a staff...
Read more on Politics Balla
Oxford Dictionaries to add 1,000 new words
London, Dec 4 (IANS) 'Mamil' (middle-aged man in Lycra), 'silvertail' (a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations) and 'crony capitalism' are among the 1,000 new words to be added to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
Oceans play key role in global 'warming hiatus'
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Increased heat uptake across three oceans - North Atlantic, the Southern Ocean and Equatorial Pacific Ocean - is the likely cause of the 'warming hiatus' -- the current decade-long slowdown in...
Read more on Politics Balla
Novel imaging to identify if TB drugs are working
Washington, Dec 4 (IANS) Tuberculosis patients who are not cured of the infection can develop multi-drug resistant TB and have to take as many as six drugs for two years. Now, researchers at University of Pittsburgh...
Read more on Business Balla
PM makes first appointment to High Court of Australia
Canberra, Dec 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government Thursday appointed former Victorian Supreme Court judge Geoffrey Nettle as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia. Attorney General George...
Read more on Politics Balla
18 suspected militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) At least 18 suspected militants were killed Thursday in airstrikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force fighter jets in North Waziristan. According to officials, the airstrikes were conducted in...
Read more on Politics Balla