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Aroldis Chapman is suddenly human

Jun 11, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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Kudos to Dusty Baker for using his best relief pitcher in the eighth inning. But, sadly, it did not work last night as the previously invincible Aroldis Chapman proved, um, vinceable, giving up a lead and paving the way for the Tigers 7-6 victory in Cincinnati last night.

The first two hitters reached against Logan Ondrusek in the eighth inning, so Dusty called on Chapman with nobody out. It went like so:

  • Brendan Boesch singled to right;
  • Matt Young was hit by a pitch, forcing in a run;
  • Austin Jackson hit a ground rule double, scoring two more;
  • Quintin Berry walked;
  • Chapman threw a wild pitch and a fourth run scored.

Chapman settled down after that, retiring Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young, but the lead and the game was gone by that point.

No one is perfect. And the fact that Dusty felt he had to go to Chapman in that situation probably speaks of his confidence in the rest of his pen every bit as much as it speaks to the coolness of using your best reliever in a tough spot. But no, it was not Chapman’s finest hour last night.

  1. redguy12588 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Clint Barmes broke Aroldis Chapman.

    What a beautiful sport.

  2. chrisdtx - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Dusty had pretty much run through his entire bullpen by that point. He got all Larussa-y in the 7th.

  3. contraryguy - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Chapman’s Mercedes S63 was last seen in the vicinity of Devil’s Tower, Wyoming moving at approx 170MPH.

  4. jimbo1949 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Interesting discussion last night over Austin Jackson’s ground rules double. Angel Hernandez’s ruling prevailed, thus engendering more discussion of Hernandez’s douchebaggery. A moot point.

  5. cur68 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Dang you Dusty Baker! Dang you to heck! Injuring ‘Roldy’s groin like that! What were you thinking, you monster?! Poor man’s groin might just fall clean off, they way you over use it…or something.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    He was probably thinking of women stuck in hotel rooms and drug cartels or something. I can imagine how that could get to his head.

  7. foreverchipper10 - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    It is because he was mentioned on PTI the other day. Matt Kemp was on earlier this year and promptly went on the DL. They are a jinx!

  8. John Vincent - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Reblogged this on Johnny's Baseball Blog.

  9. stilcello - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Chapman did not look like he was mentally ready to pitch on Sunday. Of course neither did Arredondo or Ondrusek. In hind sight, I think Dusty should have allowed Homer to induce Cabrera into a ground ball to get out of the inning, then let Marshall stay in the game longer than one batter to face the upcoming lefties. Chapman showed he is not a great closer yet, in that he could not handle coming into a pressure situation and prevent runners from scoring.

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