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Chapman to make third Triple-A start

Chapman to make third Triple-A start

CINCINNATI -- Reds prospect Aroldis Chapman will take the mound on Thursday for his third start for Triple-A Louisville in Indianapolis. First pitch is at 7 p.m. ET, and the game will be streamed live on MiLB.TV.

Over his previous two starts, Chapman has an 0.93 ERA with six hits allowed and 10 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings. He also has five walks, including four in his last outing on Saturday. In that game vs. Columbus, he allowed one earned run and one hit over five innings and took the loss in a 3-1 decision.

Chapman threw 87 pitches in the outing and eclipsed 100 mph four times, including 102, but was mostly in the 94-97-mph range. Command was an issue early on as he needed 28 pitches in the first inning and 62 pitches through three frames.

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"That's part of any power pitcher's growth," Louisville manager Rick Sweet said after the game. "We went through it here with Homer Bailey. He couldn't get to a sixth inning. Not because he didn't have the game under control, but because he threw too many dang pitches. That's just the way their games are. Efficiency is important."

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