Baker, Chapman both maintain positive outlook

Baker, Chapman both maintain positive outlook

CHICAGO -- Even after Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw 32 pitches and gave up three runs in a non-save situation vs. the Cubs on Friday, manager Dusty Baker did not hesitate in using Chapman for the save on Saturday.

"I've always believed that you have to get them right back in there the sooner you can, so it doesn't linger and doesn't fester in their minds," Baker said. "I was just hoping it wouldn't take too many pitches while he was doing it."

Chapman was not able to finish Friday's 6-5 win, as he gave up four hits and two walks that resulted in three runs. J.J. Hoover came in to record the save.

On Saturday, Chapman threw 19 pitches with a one-out walk during a scoreless ninth for his seventh save during a 6-4 victory.

"I took it easy. What happened, happened," said Chapman via translator Tomas Vera. "I took the opportunity he gave me Saturday to save the game. I did what I was supposed to do."

Chapman, who has a 2.40 ERA in 16 appearances with six walks and 22 strikeouts, was not worried after having a rare bad outing.

"It was nothing, what happened the other day," Chapman said. "I have a positive mind, and I didn't feel anything. It's happened before."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.