Aroldis Chapman wanted a challenge so he loaded the bases before striking out the side
Aroldis Chapman challenged himself before K-ing side
Maybe your Dad went a little easier on you, but I remember spending many days trying to beat the old man in a game of hoops in the driveway. I'd have a seemingly insurmountable 19-3 lead and I thought that I was finally going to win -- that the youth would devour the old and it was my time to take the throne. Of course, it turned out that he had simply been baiting me the entire time, like a cat batting around a mouse, and he was just hoping to make the ending a little more interesting for himself before he blitzed me for a 21-19 victory.
It appears that was Aroldis Chapman's plan on Sunday.
Entering the game against the Marlins in the 9th inning and the Reds winning, 5-2, Jeff Baker reached on a throwing error before Chapman gave up a single to Jeff Mathis and walked Adeiny Hechavarria. With no outs and the bases full, the Marlins needed only one good swing to not only tie the game, but win it.
Unfortunately for them, Chapman was playing the long con. Rearing back, Chapman used only 10 pitches to strike out the next three batters. For those with whom math isn't a strong suit, that's nine strikes, one ball, and zero extended counts. Even better, every single offering was a fastball and only one came in under 100 mph. Naturally, it was 99 mph.
All told, it looked a little something like this:
Sorry, but Dad wins again.