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Aroldis Chapman walks four batters, Rockies walk off on Drew Stubbs’ home run

Aug 17, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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For just the second time in 244 major league appearances, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman walked four batters in the same game. The last incident occurred on May 15, 2011 against the Cardinals, when Chapman walked four of five batters. On Sunday, in the first game of a double-header against the Rockies, Chapman walked four of four.

The Reds’ trainer visited Chapman to inquirer about potential discomfort, but left and Chapman stayed in the game, only to continue with the wildness. He threw 28 pitches in total, but only 12 were strikes. J.J. Hoover relieved the lefty, but allowed a sacrifice fly to Wilin Rosario before serving up a two-out, three-run, walk-off home run to Drew Stubbs. The five-run ninth resulted in a 10-9 victory for the Rockies.

The two clubs are playing a double-header as a result of Saturday night’s postponement due to a water main break outside of Coors Field.

  1. johnnysoda - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Sucks for the Reds to have to play another game following that debacle.

  2. Tim's Neighbor - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    What happened to Hoover this year? He was greatest year and had a great track record in the minors. This year has been brutal for him.

    • Tim's Neighbor - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      **He was great last year**

      Not greatest. Damn phone.

  3. genericcommenter - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Is that why he isn’t a starter- (serious question, haven’t followed him that closely) Too wild? Not enough pitches?

    • 78mu - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      I don’t think Chapman wants to start so they keep him in the bullpen where he can throw about 60-65 innings this year.

      • genericcommenter - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        Interesting. I was just thinking, of course, that if your guy is that good and can handle it you want him pitching big innings. Not taking anything away from guys like Mariano Rivera (as one example), but there’s usually a reason a guy with great stuff is a reliever and not starting- I won’t go into any rants about how overrated modern closers are or anything. I notice this guys walks a lot, so maybe that’s it. You see a guy like Dellin Betances develop this year and he’s great in his relief role after probably figuring out he was too wild and didn’t have the repertoire to be an effective rotation starter. I guess I’m just curious when you see a guy with this kind of stuff, if he could perform that role.

  4. 78mu - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    At least Matheny got Rosenthal out after he walked 3 batters in the 9th.

    Of course Neshek only threw 9 pitches to end the 8th so why did he have to bring in Rosenthal? Managers just have to go by the book so no one can criticize them.

    I was almost hoping they would blow it so Matheny would learn a lesson. What am I saying – he’ll never change.

    And doesn’t anyone in the bullpen notice when Chapman or Rosenthal are having trouble throwing a ball in the same zip code as the plate? Are they afraid to tell the manager they may want to rethink the plan?

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