Bits: Aroldis Chapman shines in debut
September, 1, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Cincinnati Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman tossed a perfect eighth inning in his major league debut Tuesday, needing eight pitches (seven strikes) to retire the Milwaukee Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy, Craig Counsell and Carlos Gomez in order. Chapman reached 102 mph on the radar gun and registered one strikeout. As noted Tuesday, even in middle relief Chapman can help fantasy owners.
Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann held the Florida Marlins to one hit in six shutout innings, fanning nine hitters without issuing a walk in his second start of the season. He had allowed five runs in four innings in his season debut last week, his first outing since Tommy John surgery. Zimmermann should be Washington's 2011 ace.