Aroldis Chapman had a July 4 to forget Sunday, giving up a home run rocket and facing red stares as the losing pitcher in the first game of the Yankees-Mets doubleheader.
The Yankees left-hander closed Sunday’s opener in the top of the seventh with his team leading 5-4. Three batters and 15 pitches later, Chapman was booed from the mound after allowing a home run, a batter and a walk.
Pete Alonso, Chapman’s first hitter, homered, a 406-foot blast on a 1-2 count to tie the game 5-5.
“Chapman has a bit of an attitude today. This is a great outlet for him. “
Two seconds later: leave the FC that ties the game. pic.twitter.com/uj8CqMBfJY
– OBVIOUS BASEBALL (@obvious_bb) July 4, 2021
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Next up was Michael Conforto, whom Chapman connected with a 0-2 count. Chapman then had an eight pitch battle with Jeff McNeil, eventually taking him on a 3-2 count to put running backs at first and second. By that time, Yankees manager Aaron Boone had seen enough and pulled his closer off the mound amid boos from the home crowd.
Lucas Luetge came in after Chapman’s exit, but he didn’t fare much better. First, he allowed a single to Kevin Pillar that loaded the bases. Two batters later, Jose Peraza hit a controversial two-run double after fan interference in the outfield to score Conforto and McNeil and give the Mets a 7-5 lead:
Even if the interference hadn’t occurred, the Mets likely would have taken the lead on the play. Pillar and Peraza scored on a single by Brandon Nimmo (Nimmo raised a base on a throwing error by Aaron Judge), and then Francisco Lindor followed with an RBI single to score Nimmo a batter later.
Mets pitcher Seth Lugo retired to the side in the bottom of the seventh to keep the score 10-5 in favor of the Mets in the seven-inning game. Chapman finished with this unenviable stat line: zero innings pitched, one hit, three earned runs. His ERA on the season jumped to 4.71.
Chapman could get redemption in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Regardless, considering it was the Yankees, and how hard Chapman has struggled since MLB cracked down on illegal substances on pitchers’ people, the bad start generated a huge reaction on Twitter:
AROLDIS CHAPMAN SMILES AFTER RACES AT HOME IS ALWAYS INTERESTING
– Fuzzy (@fuzzyfromyt) July 4, 2021
I don’t cover the Yankees, so I don’t know their intricacies. But using Aroldis Chapman instead of staying with Chad Green for the seventh seemed questionable 10 minutes ago … and downright silly now.
Chapman is gone. The forward run is in scoring position with no outs.
– Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 4, 2021
Gerrit Cole Aroldis Chapman
Not being able to use Spider Tack
– In Mets we trust (@InMetsWeTrust) July 4, 2021
Aroldis Chapman and Gerrit Cole are an absolute boo-boo with no sticky stuff is comforting
– Roosh (@RooshWilliams) July 4, 2021
Aroldis Chapman’s last 5 appearances against him #Mets:
2.0 IP, 5 H, 9 ER, 6 BB, 2 SO, 3 BS
(That’s a 40.50 ERA.)
– Pete Alonso, HR who ties the game
– JD Davis’ HR to tie the game
– Amed Rosario walk-off HR
– Jacob Resnick (@Jacob_Resnick) July 4, 2021
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.