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Chapman fans eight in his third start
Left-hander yields one unearned run, eight walks for Bats
04/22/2010 10:15 PM ET
Aroldis Chapman struck out eight and walked five on Thursday night.
Aroldis Chapman struck out eight and walked five on Thursday night. (John Gray)
Aroldis Chapman's directive was to work on efficiency Thursday night in his third Triple-A start.

The results were mixed. The hard-throwing left-hander only allowed an unearned run on three hits while striking out eight over 5 1/3 innings for his first victory in Louisville's 7-1 rout at Indianapolis on Thursday night. But he walked five and threw two wild pitches.

Chapman (1-1) left the game with a 4-1 lead after throwing 95 pitches -- 54 of them for strikes. He also singled to left field to lead off the fifth.

He did not pitch past the fifth inning in his previous two starts, but the career-high five walks brought him to his pitch count limit early in the sixth.

Indianapolis' Jose Tabata drew a walk to lead off the first, but was promptly picked off by Chapman. After fanning Neil Walker, Chapman yielded a single to Pedro Alvarez and another walk to Steve Pearce. The young left-hander uncorked a wild pitch before fanning the Indians' Brandon Moss to end the threat.

Chapman ran into trouble again in the second, allowing a leadoff double to Luke Carlin and a walk to Doug Bernier. Louisville catcher Wilkin Castillo made a throwing error as Carlin stole third and then trotted home on the play before Chapman set down the next three batters, two of them on strikeouts.

The Cuban émigré allowed a baserunner in each of the next three innings -- two via walks and one on a single -- and tossed another wild pitch, but was not seriously threatened. He was lifted after striking out Moss to open the sixth.

Third baseman Juan Francisco led the Bats' offense with a solo homer -- his first of the season -- and an RBI double.

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