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Aroldis Chapman finally gave up an earned run

Jun 7, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

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After thoroughly dominating major league hitters over the first two months of the season, Aroldis Chapman finally gave up his first earned run tonight against the Pirates. And it was courtesy of some unlikely contributors.

Chapman entered the game with the score tied in the 10th inning. He quickly gave up a leadoff ground-rule double to Clint Barmes, who entered tonight’s action with a miserable .188/.211/.305 batting line over his first 50 games this season. It was actually the first hit Chapman had allowed since May 17, a span of 8 2/3 innings. Then Michael McKenry, who entered play tonight with a .207/.271/.326 career batting line, punched a 99 mph fastball to the right-center field gap for another double which plated Barmes with the go-ahead run. The Pirates ended up winning the game 5-4. Baseball sure is a funny game sometimes.

Chapman previously gave up an unearned run against the Mets back on May 17, but the Cuban left-hander had a perfect 0.00 ERA through 29 innings this season until McKenry’s run-scoring double. It was the first time he had allowed an earned run in a major league game since last September 10, a span of 35 innings and 29 appearances.

  1. wetmorepsu12 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    he needs to be sent down.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      Yes he does. Send him all the way back down to Single A so he can start from the beginning and get this problem corrected.

  2. blacc24 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Shhh, you hear that, the Buccos are coming !

    • metalhead65 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:14 AM

      well as long as they play other teams like they play the reds then more power to them. I do not see that happening though, just have the reds number for some reason.

  3. lpd1964 - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    As many chances as the Reds give Leake, I think this hiccup will be forgiven-but who knows with Baker.

  4. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    I think all that bondage nookie is getting to him.

  5. ndirish2010 - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    What is there to be corrected? In 29 apperances he gave up 0 earned runs! Pitchers give up runs and lose games. Aroldis has been the closest thing to perfection we have seen all year. I guess by the logic being used by the majority of the other commenters Lincecum, Strasburg, Bell, and Halladay should be demoted to the minors to “start from the beginning and get the problem solved.”

    • bengalsucker - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      Notice sarcasm much? lol

    • tophermike - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      some people just dont get sarcasm. sometimes its hard to tell, but c’mon man…

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