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Yankees’ Aaron Boone stands out as he turns to Aroldis Chapman in 11th

BALTIMORE — On Thursday night, Aroldis Chapman rode the bases loaded down in the bottom of the ninth and needed Michael King to save him from the Yankees bullpen.

About 24 hours later, Aaron Boone called Chapman to put out a fire with the bases loaded and one in the 11th inning of a tie game.

Chapman nearly did for Clarke Schmidt what King had for him the night before, but after successfully escaping the jam, he threw four straight balls to walk in a run as the Orioles came away with a 2-1 win on Friday night . at Camden Yards.

After pulling out Cedric Mullins on a slider for the second out, Chapman’s last throw in a full count against Ramon Urias was a slider that entered just above the strike zone. His 1-2 pitch was a 97 mph fastball that could have cut off some of the zone but was called a low ball by plate umpire Tom Hallion.

Aroldis Chapman

Boone said he had no hesitation in returning to Chapman on Friday in a situation that left no room for error, a night after the closer Yankees threw 12 of his 16 pitches for balls.

“I think Chappy threw the ball really well,” said Boone, who along with receiver Jose Trevino got into a heated argument with Hallion after the game ended, which led to the manager’s ejection. “Going in, we are obviously faced with this. But he’s doing very well with Mullins. I think he threw the ball very well tonight. His misses at the end narrowly missed some difficult terrain. But no, I think we were faced with it and we had to go.

In the clubhouse after the loss, Chapman watched video of the game-winning shots and called them “very close”.

“But in the end, I lost the batter,” Chapman said through an interpreter. “Looking at this, I feel like the pitches were close, could have gone either way. There was one that was down and far, borderline terrain. The last one, I found it a not high.

Boone had insisted before Friday’s game that Chapman’s poor outing on Thursday was an aberration. Chapman also said the Blue Jays exit had no bearing on his Friday performance.

“I don’t even think about last night at all,” he said. “It’s a whole new game here and a whole new opportunity. You try to execute and unfortunately things didn’t go the way we wanted.

New York Post

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