Aroldis Chapman entered to a standing ovation and left to the same after making his season debut on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.
Pitching in a big league game for the first time since he was hit in the face by a line drive in spring training, Chapman struck out three of the four batters he faced and saved the win for the Reds.
"I was really happy to come back and pitch one more game," said Chapman through a translator. "Seeing all of the fans up, standing and cheering for you it makes you feel good when so many people are wishing you to be good."
Chapman, who needed surgery for broken bones in his face after the line drive, worked slowly back into form. He pitched four games in the Reds minor leagues before being activated on Saturday. He reached triple digits on the radar gun on 17 of the 21 pitches he threw.
"I was anxious. Really anxious to pitch. I was able to control those emotions and come back and be there (on the mound)."
Chapman's appearance highlighted a series clinching victory over the Colorado Rockies. Homer Bailey pitched his best game of the season after making a slight tweak to his mechanics.
The Reds have Monday off before returning to the field at GABP on Tuesday against San Diego.
Related: Photos: Chapman hit by a line drive
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