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Cubs' Aroldis Chapman told Joe Maddon he was 'ready' to pitch 8th inning

Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman said he was available when manager Joe Maddon called on him to pitch in the eighth inning.

Aroldis Chapman was put in an usual situation Monday night, but the Cubs' hard-throwing left-handed closer didn't make any excuses for failing.

"I didn't have any problem," Chapman said of being summoned in the eighth inning with the tying and go-ahead runs on base and allowing a two-run triple to Conor Gillaspie that wiped out a 3-2 lead against the Giants.

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"I told (manager Joe Maddon) that if he had a problem and needed me in the eighth inning, I was available. He wanted to use me in the eighth inning, and I was ready to be used in the eighth inning."

Chapman expressed his hesitancy to be used in a save situation before the ninth inning after blowing a save against the Mariners on July 30 — five days after being traded from the Yankees.

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But prior to the start of the National League Division Series, Maddon spoke with Chapman about the possibility of being used for more than one inning in a save situation.

Chapman had pitched more than one inning four times during the regular season, but only once since July 28. The last time occurred on Sept. 4, when he pitched two innings of scoreless relief in an extra inning game against San Francisco.

In this case, Maddon didn't want to use Chapman for six outs. But Travis Wood allowed a hit to Brandon Belt, and Hector Rondon walked Buster Posey.

This time, the Giants solved Chapman quickly. After Hunter Pence struck out on a 101-mph fastball, Gillaspie ripped a two-run triple over the head of Albert Almora Jr. in right center to put the Giants ahead for the first time in the National League Division Series, and Brandon Crawford followed with an RBI single up the middle.

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Chapman was pulled after issuing a walk to Joe Panik.

"I'm OK," Chapman said. "This wasn't my night. And I'm ready for tomorrow, and tomorrow will be a different day."

Despite using every reliever but Carl Edwards Jr. in the 13-inning loss, Maddon believes every member of his bullpen will be ready except Mike Montgomery, who threw four-plus innings but was saddled with the loss.

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