This is how Tuesday night’s game ended. With the Brewers trailing 8-3 in the eighth inning, the Reds unleashed Aroldis Chapman on the bottom of the order. Chapman, pitching in his much-hyped MLB debut, needed just 8 pitches to retire Jonathan Lucroy, Craig Counsell, and pinch hitter Carlos Gomez. His fastball topped out at 103 MPH (or 102, depending on the source). Whether Chapman will be as good as advertised remains to be seen but I can’t see how Chapmen won’t help in the Reds’ playoff run.
After Todd Coffey pitched a scoreless eighth, the Brewers had one last shot at a comeback in the ninth. Weeks led off with his 25th home run of the season. Corey Hart, who appears to have a case of lazy head once again, flied out to right. Ryan Braun singled to right, bringing the tying run, to errr, I guess, still in the dugout.
This is when the Reds started to toy with us.
Prince Fielder hit a hard ground ball down the right field line, which Joey Votto smothered. Votto, who had fallen to his knees to get to the ball, began to fall over backward but somehow managed to throw a strike to the shortstop, Paul Janish, and get Braun running to second. (I’m pretty sure that even Braun turned around to admire the play.) The next batter, Casey McGehee hit a bouncer to Scott Rolen at third. Rolen slid feet first to grab the ball and ended up with his back to home plate. Because of his position he couldn’t make a normal throw, so he backhanded the ball to Chris Valaika covering second. Rolen’s one-hop flip nailed Prince for the final out.
Some days you’re the Harlem Globetrotters and some days you’re the Washington Generals. We got dunked on tonight.
Reds 8, Brewers 4Game played 8-31-10