The Reds won the series opener against the Pirates last night, 3-4, in 14 innings. This was a more exciting one to watch, with the team tying it up in the seventh, but it was also frustrating that they couldn’t get one more guy across the plate until the 14th.
The Reds’ inability to string together hits for runs is annoying, but it’s been a problem that’s haunted the team all year, from time to time. Aroldis Chapman’s inability to strike guys out, on the other hand, is a new problem and entirely more scary.
Chapman issued 3 walks in his 0.2 innings of work last night. He had to be removed in the middle of an inning for the first time all season. Even worse, this was his second poor outing in a row. His velocity was down and his control was all over the place. Apparently the medical staff is saying he’s got a fatigued shoulder. With just 20 more games left in the season, we’ll all be hoping there’s time for that shoulder to get rested up.
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