Joe Maddon to reward Aroldis Chapman steak dinner for 3-pitch inning

ByJesse Rogers ESPN logo
Friday, August 12, 2016

CHICAGO -- Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman is in the right city to find a good steakhouse as his manager owes him a dinner after Chapman performed a rare feat on Thursday night.

The lefty threw three pitches getting three outs in the ninth inning of Thursday's 4-3, 11-inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

"When you're in the minor leagues you actually give a pitcher a steak dinner for a four-pitch inning," Joe Maddon explained after the game. "He got it in three so I have to make it a really good steak dinner."

Jedd Gyorko hit a line drive on pitch No.1 right to third baseman Javier Baez for out No.1. Greg Garcia did the same exact thing on pitch No. 2.

Then pinch-hitter Tommy Pham grounded to second baseman Ben Zobrist on pitch No.3 from Chapman completing his quick night of work. Maddon told his pitcher about his steak dinner as he came off the field.

"He didn't know what I was talking about," Maddon said smiling. "I tried to have (Miguel) Montero understand that."

Maddon didn't state if there was a limit on ounces for Chapman's steak.