The Missile is back. Not only was Aroldis Chapman back on the mound on Sunday, he looked as good as ever, striking out the side to preserve the Reds' 4-1 victory over the Rockies and earn his first save of the season. Activated before Saturday's game, Chapman didn't get into Saturday's 11-2 blowout, but with the Reds holding a three-run lead, manager Bryan Price held to his word that Chapman was his closer. Following 7 1/3 innings of brilliant pitching by Homer Bailey and two big outs from Manny Parra, Chapman entered the game in the top of the ninth to a standing ovation from the 33,143 people at Great American Ball Park and facing the heart of the Rockies' order -- Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado. Chapman's first pitch to Tulowitzki was a 101-mph fastball, that the Rockies' shortstop watched for a called first strike. The second, Tulowitzki pulled deep and foul, before Chapman walked him on his next four pitches.
Aroldis Chapman debuts, gets save in Reds' 4-1 win
Cincinnati Enquirer | May 12