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Postgame Journal: Strikeouts galore! Ramirez, Chapman duke it out in rain-shortened pitcher’s duel

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 13, 2010

Aroldis Chapman was one of the top Cuban pitchers in baseball history, who is now one step away from a call to the Cincinnati Reds. (Getty Images)

PAWTUCKET, Rhode Island (Saturday, June 12, 2010) – We were treated to a classic pitcher’s duel at McCoy Stadium on Saturday night as Ramon A. Ramirez outdueled the Reds’ top prospect, Aroldis Chapman to lift Pawtucket to a 1-0 win over the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati) in a rain-shortened 5.1 innings to open a four-game series.

Chapman was defected from Cuba prior to the start of the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands and established a residence in the Prinipality of Andorra, allowing him to be signed as a free agent by any Major League team. According to published reports on December 20, 2008, he threw a pitch that reached 102 miles per hour to break the record for the fastest in Cuban baseball history.

Ramirez started in place of Felix Doubront who was placed on the disabled list on June 9 with a left shin contusion. He had been working out of the bullpen this season for the PawSox, but has primarily been a starter in his career. Last season, he made 20 starts for his current opponent, the Bats.

Both pitchers kept each other in check as they combined for 12 strikeouts through the first three innings, including six straight by Ramirez to open the game. It was clear that the game would stay low-scoring.

The only run came in the fourth inning when Chapman ran into a jam. He struck out two batters sandwiched between two singles by Angel Sanchez and Josh Reddick. He then walked Dusty Brown and Jorge Jimenez to drive home the only run.

Ramirez picked up the win as he allowed just one hit and eight strikeouts over five innings. Chad Paronto got one out in the sixth to record a lucky save, before the rains came to call the rest of the game.

Chapman was the tough-luck loser as he allowed an earned run on four hits, two walks, and nine strikeouts in a five-inning “complete game” effort.

The teams return to the field for the second game of the series on Sunday afternoon as Adam Mills faces Ben Jukich.


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