No fear in taking hill, but Reds' Chapman rocked in rehab start

BY foxsports • May 6, 2014

It wasn’t the type of outing Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman hoped for in a Triple-A rehab start in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday, but he’ll take it.

Making his third start in the minors since taking a liner to the forehead in a March 19 spring training game — and having a plate inserted above his left eye and nose to help the fractures heal — Chapman failed to get out of the first inning.

He recently had pitched two hitless innings in two outings, an inning a game, with three strikeouts and one walk at Class-A Dayton.

Pitching for the Louisville Bats and facing the Norfolk Tides (Orioles) on Tuesday, the hard-throwing lefty retired just two batters and allowed four runs on five hits and a walk before being removed.

Norfolk leadoff man Steve Lombardozzi hit a 2-1 pitch for a single, and moved to second on Ivan De Jesus’ single to center. Chapman then struck out Xavier Paul on three pitches, but hit Brett Wallace on a 1-2 count to load the bases.

Chris Marrero followed with an RBI groundout to short, before Chapman walked Johnny Monell to reload the bases.

Cord Phelps fouled off two 2-2 pitches before plating two runs with a single to center. Then Chapman uncorked a wild pitch, moving runners to second and third.

After Norfolk’s No. 8 batter Buck Britton doubled in two runs on a drive to center field, Chapman was removed from the game.

Final line: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO — 33 pitches, 21 for strikes.

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FOX will update with postgame comments.