Apr 14, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino (39) and pitcher Michael King (34) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

If your surname is Chapman, Thursday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees didn’t go especially well.

With the Yankees leading 3-0 heading into the ninth inning, they called upon their closer, Aroldis Chapman, to close things out. He did not. Chapman struggled with his control, walking Cavan Biggio, Santiago Espinal and Matt Chapman to load the bases.

Manager Aaron Boone then pulled Chapman from the game. But not before the MLB world criticized his performance.

Michael King relieved Chapman and promptly struck out Geroge Springer but he was not out of the woods. The dangerous Bo Bichette was up with one out and as long as he didn’t hit into a double play, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would get a chance at the plate.

Bichette seemed to avoid that. He hit a ball that briefly looked like it might fall for a bloop single but it hung up long enough for New York’s second baseman, DJ LeMahieu, to bring it in. Not ideal for Toronto but even though Guerrero had struck out four times, he’d adequately displayed his power the night before. He could change the game with one swing. Only, he didn’t get a chance.

That was because the other Chapman, Matt, made a critical base-running error. He strayed too far off of first base. LeMahieu took advantage, catching the ball and throwing over to first base, retiring Chapman to end the game.

Much like Aroldis, this Chapman was heavily criticized for his blunder.


Indeed, it was a bad day for Chapman’s all around but a good finish to the game. The Yankees and Blue Jays figure to be in the postseason picture throughout the season. If we can get more games like this, all will be good.

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