By Josh Cook
Aroldis Chapman lost his control again Tuesday night, and the Louisville Bats lost the baseball game.
Chapman, the highly-touted left-handed pitching prospect, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches during Durham's four-run eighth inning as the Bulls rallied for a 7-5 win at Durham (N.C.) Bulls Athletic Park.
That spoiled a decent outing by Edinson Volquez, who was making his second start for the Bats on a rehabilitation assignment from the Reds, and good start by Louisville against the International League's best team.
The Bats (36-43) looked good early, scoring three runs in the third inning off Bulls starter Virgil Vasquez.
In the third Gary Matthews Jr. doubled with one out, then stole third. Zack Cozart singled to Durham third baseman Angel Chavez, which kept Matthews at third, before Yonder Alonso doubled home both Matthews and Cozart. Alonso moved to third on Wladimir Balentien's single, then scored on Juan Francisco's sacrifice fly.
Durham (47-31), which came in second in the IL in homers, pulled within 3-1 when Desmond Jennings led off the fourth with a solo home run to left field.
The Bulls made it 3-2 in the sixth when Jennings singled with one out, took second on a wild pitch by Volquez and scored on Justin Ruggiano's double.
The Bats went back up by two runs in the seventh when Zack Cozart hit his 10th homer of the season to make it 4-2.
Chapman (5-6), who was recently moved to the bullpen after struggling with his control in two of his last three starts, relieved Volquez to start the seventh. Volquez gave up two earned runs on three hits, while walking two and striking out seven over six innings and 90 pitches.
Chapman only faced 10 Bulls, but hit two of them, including Dioner Navarro with one out in the seventh. Navarro moved to second on a ground out, then scored on second baseman Chris Valaika's throwing error.
Louisville answered again in the eighth, scoring another run to make it 5-3. Francisco led off with a single, then took second on a wild pitch by Aneury Rodriguez. He moved to third on Daniel Dorn's single - which came after Todd Frazier was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Estabrook after striking out - then scored when Valaika atoned for his fielding miscue with a sacrifice fly.
But in the bottom of the eighth J.J. Furmaniak led off with a single, then moved to second when Chapman hit Dan Johnson. Furmaniak took third and scored on back-to-back wild pitches by Chapman. Johnson scored on Chris Richard's single, which chased Chapman. In 1 2/3 innings Chapman gave up four runs (three earned) on two hits, while hitting two Bulls, throwing two wild pitches and striking out three.
Jon Adkins replaced Chapman and promptly walked Navarro, gave up a run-scoring single to Angel Chavez, followed by an RBI-double by Fernando Perez.
Bulls closer Winston Abreu struck out the side in the ninth, allowing only a two-out single to Balentien.
Cozart led Louisville's 12-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Balentien, Francisco and Dorn added two hits apiece.
The same two teams meet at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.