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Breaking news: Aroldis Chapman tosses scoreless inning in MLB debut

Aug 31, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

Aroldis Chapman just tossed a scoreless eighth inning in his major league debut against the Brewers before a raucous crowd at Great American Ballpark.

The Cuban fireballer needed just eight pitches to make it through his first major league inning. Chapman struck out Jonathan Lucroy with a nasty slider for the first out, then got Craig Counsell to tap out to shortstop and Carlos Gomez to ground out to second base.

Chapman threw seven out of eight pitches for strikes, three of which cracked 100 mph on the radar gun. From what I saw on the Reds broadcast, he topped out at 103 mph. Juan Francisco pinch-hit for Chapman to begin the bottom of the eighth inning, but this was quite the exciting introduction.

  1. RichardInBigD - Aug 31, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    It only happened that way because the Brew Crew failed to make a suitable sacrifice to Jobu.

  2. RedLeg15 - Aug 31, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    So I’m guessing the radar gun down there in Louisville is juiced. I’m disappointed that 105 wasn’t real.

  3. quint - Sep 1, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    What was impressive was he came in throwing strikes, a good sign for a debut.

  4. CYGNUS X-1 - Sep 1, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    103-105 what”s there to be disapointed by?enjoy it while you can though if dusty sticks around he will have tommy john surgery by june of next year.

  5. RedsDouche - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    So what he didn’t hit 105? Who cares? He did his job. He threw a scoreless inning. Give the kid a break. 103 is still a crazy impressive pitch to be throwing in the MLB. And those 103mph pitches were strikes.

  6. Joe - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Maybe Chapman didn’t throw one 105 mph last night. He’s not going to hit 105 every time he takes the mound.

  7. Buffalo - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Move over to the right hand lane Strasburg, there’s heat coming up at 103 in the passing lane! Anybody have an onpion on his mechanics? Or do we start the Tommy Clock now too?

  8. DMAC - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    It’s as though Reds have some of that 1990 mojo going for them. Everything seems to be coming up roses for this team. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to see a small and/or mid-market team prevail in the playoffs? The best seasons end when the “Goliath’s” fall and little “David” is left standing. It gives hope to people across the land that their home town heroes can prevail and provide even a ray of hope during this depressing era in which all American’s reside.

  9. Football - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    The 105 mph in Louisville was legit. He hit it on 2 scout guns behind home plate and the stadium gun. It wasnt a case of a juiced stadium gun.

  10. Football - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    His mechanics are sound. He has a very smooth delivery and that does not feature the dreaded “inverted W.”

  11. murd - Sep 1, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    How bout that slider for the strikeout? That was Unit-esque.

  12. RedLeg15 - Sep 1, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Settle down the guy. I forgot to hit the tag thought it would be obvious.

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