PHOENIX -- When Reds closer Aroldis Chapman tied the single-season club record for consecutive saves at Philadelphia on Wednesday, he wasn't even aware of the record. On Monday in a 3-2 Reds win over Arizona, Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his 24th in row, breaking the mark he shared with John Franco (1988) and Rob Dibble (1991).
This time, Chapman was fully aware of the save's meaning.
"I feel happy now. I knew there was a record," Chapman said through an interpreter. "I'm happy it's me that broke this record and it's part of the history of this team."
Chapman entered Tuesday 5-4 with a 1.29 ERA and 32 saves in 59 games this season. His last blown save was June 24 vs. the Twins. He has only 30 hits and 15 walks allowed over 63 innings with 112 strikeouts.
The numbers have brought support for Chapman as a National League Cy Young Award contender.
"I know what it is, but I haven't thought about it," Chapman said. "Honestly, it's hard to be a reliever and win a Cy Young. Of course, I would love to."
Teammate Johnny Cueto is also considered a prime contender for the award.
"If somebody has to win it, I think it should be Cueto," Chapman said.