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Chapman dazzles Pirates

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CINCINNATI — Last night, the Pirates got their first look at Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman. The lefty threw 10 pitches — eight of them 101 mph or faster. He also mixed in two 90-mph sliders, which Garrett Jones swung through for a strikeout. Chapman worked a 1-2-3 inning and got two strikeouts.

“You barely have time to react,” Jones said. “I’ve never seen arm speed like that. You didn’t have time to pick up the release point because his arm was moving so fast. And he has a 90-mph slider to back up the 103-mph fastball. He’s tough.”

»»» The Pirates this season have won only three games in which they trailed after eight innings. All three came in April — against the Reds (April 17) and Brewers (April 27 and 28).

»»» Stats, streaks and slumps: The Pirates are 4-6 in extra-inning games. … Chris Resop has not allowed a run in his last six outings. … The Pirates have homered 11 times in their past seven road games, yet they won just one of those games. … The Pirates have gotten an extra-base hit in 23 straight games, their longest streak of the season.

»»» Practically the entire front-office braintrust — GM Neal Huntington, scouting director Greg Smith, farm director Kyle Stark and director of baseball operations Tyrone Brooks — flew here Friday with the team, and will be around for the entire three-game series against the Reds.

»»» The Reds originally listed Aaron Harang as the starter for tonight’s game. However, Harang (6-7, 5.15 ERA) has been sent back to the bullpen and will be replaced by righty Edinson Volquez (3-2, 6.17).

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Pirates (47-93) – 1. Andrew McCutchen 8, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Ryan Doumit rf, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Chris Snyder c, 9. Charlie Morton (1-11, 9.66) lhp

Reds (80-61) – 1. Brandon Phillips 2b, 2. Orlando Cabrera ss, 3. Joey Votto 1b, 4. Scott Rolen 3b, 5. Jonny Gomes lf, 6. Ramon Hernandez c, 7. Drew Stubbs cf, 8. Miguel Cairo rf, 9. Edinson Volquez (3-2, 6.17) rhp

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Comments

  1. Chuck H. says:

    Well, after our Bucs tied up the game in the ninth, it seems like they just quit trying and waited for the Reds to win it. That’s about the way it’s been all season.

    As for the Reds fireballer, Chapman–how long is his arm going to last throwing that hard? Look at Washington’s phenom–had to have shoulder surgery already. We’ll wait and see and then I can say I told you so!!

 
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