Surrendering back-to-back solo homers to the Phillies’ Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis, Cincinnati Reds flamethrower Aroldis Chapman blew his second consecutive save opportunity in a 3-2 loss in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Since successfully converting eight straight chances to open the season, the 25-year-old Chapman (3-1, 2.41 ERA) has struggled in May.
Regardless, the 6-foot-4, 200 pound Chapman remains an utterly dominant hurler who will rebound from such minor hiccups.
Gunning the fastest recorded pitch in MLB history at 105.1 mph, “The Cuban Missile” closed 38 games in 2012.
Defecting from Cuba and signing a six-year contract worth $30.25 million in January 2010, Chapman is a primary reason Cincinnati is 26-18 and contending in the National League Central.
As an All-Star who twice earned the Delivery Man of the Month Award, the southpaw was dominant enough to be mentioned as a 2012 Cy Young candidate.
With the overwhelming Aroldis Chapman as a stopper, the Cincinnati Reds can capture their sixth World Series title in franchise history this autumn.by