Padres 9, Reds 4
Aroldis Chapman wants to be a starter and took a big step toward
that goal with a new pitch and new focus.
Chapman pitched more than two innings in a big league game for
the first time, allowing one run over three innings in the
Cincinnati Reds’ 9-4 loss to a San Diego Padres in a split-squads
Chapman revived a split-finger fastball while allowing four
hits, including a homer to Andy Parrino.
”I threw some split-finger fastballs today,” Chapman said
through interpreter Tomas Vera. ”The Reds asked me not to throw
that pitch when I first signed with them but now since I’m a
starter they told me to go ahead.”
The Cuban defector is being converted into a starter and is
competing for the fifth spot in the Reds’ rotation. He is the only
left-hander among the group.
As a reliever, Chapman relied heavily on a fastball clocked as
high as 105 mph, but as a starter he needs to develop another
What he is primarily focused on is throwing strikes.
”Chapman had close to seven walks per nine innings,” Dusty
Baker said. ”That’s a lot. He was pretty good today. He gave up
some hits but only one run.”
Chapman insisted he knew he allowed to many walks.
”No one told me that I needed to cut down on walks. I’ve been
focusing on throwing more strikes. My concentration wasn’t always
there last year because of personal problems.”
Todd Frazier, competing for a backup spot behind third baseman
Scott Rolen, had a two-run double off Clayton Richard for the
”He’s got a lot more scalding to do,” Baker said. ”We only
have so many spots to start so we’ll see.”
Frazier leads the Reds with three doubles and three home runs
and is tied with Donald Lutz for the team lead with eight RBI.
Richard, who didn’t pitch after July 4 and had arthroscopic
surgery on his left shoulder, tossed three innings in his second
spring game. He allowed two runs on two hits and struck out
”Every time I’ve taken the mound I’ve been better. I don’t
think about the shoulder now,” Richard said. ”I was concentrating
on my change-up. It was pretty good pitch for me today. After I get
that working I will focus on my cutter.”
Andy Parrino hit a solo home run off Chapman in the first inning
and Matt Clark had a two-run blast off Jose Arredondo.
Notes: Barry Larkin, who was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame
in January, will throw out the first pitch on Friday before the
game with Colorado. … Brandon Phillips’ younger brother PJ, who
signed a minor league contract with the Reds this winter, shared
the field with his older brother. PJ played center field and
singled in two plate appearances. … There were no walks issued in
the game. … Parrino hit his second home run of the spring for San
Diego. … The son of Reds minor league manager Pat Kelly, Casey
Kelly, pitched three scoreless innings for San Diego.