TOLEDO, Ohio — In his professional debut Sunday, Cuban phenom Aroldis Chapman struck out nine Toledo Mud Hens in 42⁄3 innings and got Triple-A Louisville started on its way to a 2-1 win.
Chapman reached 100 mph on the radar gun five times, including hitting 101 three times.
"No debut compares to that at this level," Bats Manager Rick Sweet said. "As soon as the radar gun hit 100, you could hear the buzz in the ballpark."
The Hens got five hits off Chapman, all infield singles. The only run he surrendered was unearned.
Chapman, who signed a six-year, $30.25 million deal with Cincinnati on Jan. 11, walked one batter in his 85 pitches and threw 55 strikes.
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