Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
San Diego 4
WP: Gregerson (4-7)
LP: Rhodes (4-4)
S: Bell (44)
It’s too late to do a full recap, so just a coupla thoughts…
–Aroldis Chapman is the most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen on a baseball field in my life. He came in the game in the bottom of the 8th, after Arthur Rhodes and Nick Masset had already vomited all over the Reds one-run lead. With the Padres up one, and with two runners on base, Chapman came in the game to face San Diego’s stud first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez.
Pitch one: 101 MPH. Strike one.
Pitch two: 102 MPH. Strike two.
Pitch three: 103 MPH. Strike three. See you later. Sit down, Gonzalez.
In the next inning, Chapman was even more impressive, if that’s possible. He hit 105 on the gun once, 104 several times (here‘s Keith Law‘s radar gun reading); in all, Chapman threw 25 pitches and every single one of them was more than 100 MPH. Just an incredible display, and the most enjoyable part may have been listening to the ooohs and aaahs after every pitch from the San Diego crowd.
Now you know why we say Chapman should be this team’s closer. He can do things no one else in the world can do.
–As I mentioned above, the bullpen screwed things up again. I’m concerned about this bullpen as the Reds head into the playoffs.
–Bronson Arroyo pitched well, but Dusty removed him after 5 innings and 70 pitches and handed the game to the bullpen. A dumb decision? Perhaps, but the Reds had runners on and a chance to score in the top of the sixth, so the decision to pinch-hit is certainly defensible. (The pinch-hitter, Miguel Cairo, drove in the go-ahead run.)
–A winnable game, so losing it is disappointing. Either way, the magic number is 3, and the Reds play tomorrow afternoon. Go Redlegs.