Video: Aroldis Chapman threw 14 pitches last night. Twelve were over 100 m.p.h.

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The American League won, but the two best pitching performances came from the National League last night.

First was Jacob deGrom, who struck out the AL on ten pitches in the sixth inning, placing his fastball wherever he wanted it and making dudes look silly. Watch:

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The second was Aroldis Chapman, who was given the top of the ninth by manager Bruce Bochy. He threw 14 pitches. He too struck out the side. Twelve of those pitches topped 100 m.p.h. Which is sort of a thing he does:

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Giving these guys one inning to air it out after a day off on Monday and the knowledge that they won’t have to pitch again until Friday is basically no fair. It’s especially no fair to let a guy who normally has to pace himself as a starter like deGrom to go full blast for one inning.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.