Rough one for Harang
Not a whole lot went very well for Aaron Harang during his Tuesday start vs. the Phillies. His line was 3 1/3 innings pitched and he gave up six earned runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts. A total of 11 batters came up in the second inning, where Harang gave up all of his runs.
Harang left the game in the fourth trailing, 6-0. The Reds went on to lose, 8-1.
Five of the hits were for extra bases — all doubles actually. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were both in 0-2 counts and walked. On top of that, Harang botched a sacrifice bunt attempt and popped out foul in the third.
“I never got into a groove. I didn’t feel comfortable out there,” Harang said. “I didn’t have that finish pitch today. They did a good job of hitting me. I threw some good pitches down and away and they were taking them to right field. I’ve got to get into a groove early on to stay out there for a while.”
“They were all with two outs, almost all of them,” manager Dusty Baker said of the runs in the second. “He’d get ahead of them and get two strikes and he just couldn’t put them away today. He lost his rhythm some in that one inning but we had to get his pitch count up though.”
- After four-straight outings without a run crossing on his watch, David Weathers was tapped for two earned runs and four hits during his one-inning relief appearance.
- In what had to be the most entertaining performance of the National Anthem I’ve ever seen, singer and Broadway producer Dale Badway sang the “Star Spangled Banner” and made it his own. Badway, wearing a suit with a bright green silky shirt, paced on the home plate dirt area. While punctuating each word in his tenor voice (or was it baritone?), he genuflected with dramatic hand gestures during each verse and alternated looks towards both dugouts. When it was over, he bowed and walked confidently off the field and high-fived Phillies players as the crowd of 9,202 fans cheered. This guy would kill at Great American Ball Park. A few of the Reds were visibly cracking up at Mr. Badway’s moxie.
- While the Reds went with green hats for St. Patrick’s Day, the Phillies went with green jerseys and caps.