Chapman earns 100th career save

Fireballer records K in MLB-record 45th straight appearance to cap milestone

Chapman earns 100th career save

CINCINNATI -- Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the Reds' 3-0 victory over the D-backs on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park to pick up his 100th career save.

The 100 saves Chapman has converted are out of 115 save chances (87 percent), and the 115 save opportunities are the eighth fewest in Major League history needed to reach the century mark in saves converted. Eric Gagne (104 chances), John Smoltz (107), Joakim Soria (112), Kazuhiro Sasaki (113), John Axford (113), Joe Nathan (113) and Craig Kimbrel (114) reached 100 saves in fewer opportunities.

By striking out Didi Gregorius to end the game, Chapman also extended his MLB record streak of consecutive relief appearances with a strikeout to 45, dating back to August 21, 2013. Over that span, Chapman has struck out 93 batters in 46 2/3 innings.

"I didn't know it until I heard it when he was coming off the field," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I had no idea he was accumulating them at that rate. I don't really go back and do a ton of statistical reflection on our players as far as milestones. It was terrific to see and certainly what I hope is the first 100 of many more."

A night after topping 100 mph on 15 of 20 pitches, Chapman topped 100 mph on 12 of 16 Tuesday.

Reds catcher Brayan Pena spoke before Tuesday's game of just how incredible Chapman has been.

"Some are chosen; some people came to this game to make history," Pena said. "Some people came to this game to leave their prints forever in the game. And what we're watching, I believe, in my humble opinion, is one of those, especially with the streak of appearances with a strikeout."

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.