By Josh Cook
The Pawtucket Red Sox rocked highly-touted prospect Aroldis Chapman on the way to a 7-2 win over the Louisville Bats on Monday night at Louisville Slugger Field.
The southpaw gave up seven runs on six hits, while walking six and striking out only one in his shortest outing of the season.
Chapman (5-3) allowed two runs in the first, the second of those on one of his two wild pitches in the inning. Then in the second he gave up a two-run homer to Tug Hulett to make it 4-0 PawSox.
The Bats (26-32) scored once in the bottom of the inning on Wilkin Castillo's RBI-single to cut the lead to three.
But in the third Pawtucket (27-31) scored three more runs. All were charged to Chapman, who pitched to the first six batters in the inning. He walked the first two, gave up a double, then a single and walked two more before he was relieved by Jesus Delgado.
The Bats' bats couldn't muster much against a trio of Red Sox pitchers. Yonder Alonso's solo home run in the sixth inning accounted for Louisville's other run.
Felix Doubront (2-1) picked up the win for the PawSox, giving up five hits and one run while walking two.
Chris Valaika went 3-for-4 to lead Louisville's nine-hit attack. Todd Frazier and Castillo added two hits apiece.
Louisville will begin an eight-game road trip at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Syracuse.
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