Reds closer Aroldis Chapman ensures the Pirates don’t steal a victory in Cincinnati

Aroldis Chapman is often an untouchable hurler.

After escaping a jam, Aroldis Chapman managed to close the Reds’ 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Cincinnati on Saturday.

Fanning Michael McKenry and Jordy Mercer in the ninth, the 25-year-old Chapman (3-3, 2.66 ERA) now has 23 saves in 26 opportunities this season.

Gunning the fastest recorded pitch in MLB history at 105.1 mph, the 6-foot-4, 200 pound Chapman remains one of the most intimidating men on the hill.

Defecting from Cuba and signing a six-year contract worth $30.25 million in January 2010, Chapman is a primary reason Cincinnati is 55-42 and contending with the St. Louis Cardinals and Pirates in the National League Central.

A two-time All-Star who earned the Delivery Man of the Month Award in July 2012, the blazing southpaw gives Cincinnati an indispensable weapon.

With the overwhelming Aroldis Chapman as a stopper in “The Queen City,” the Reds can become kings and capture their sixth World Series title this autumn.

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