Postgame: Dog day afternoon

Monday was certainly a labor-type day for the Reds during a 10-5 loss. It was a brutal day on several fronts.

*Aaron Harang was roughed up again and lasted only 2 1/3 innings. After being staked to a 4-0 lead in the four-run top of the third, he gave it all back in the bottom of the third. His walks to pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to start the inning and to Dexter Fowler to load the bases for Carlos Gonzalez were killer.

*The Reds lineup was 3-for-15 RISP and had 14 LOB. The bases were left loaded three times.

*In just 6 1/3 innings in his two starts since returning from the DL, Harang has given up 12 hits and six walks. Meanwhile, Edinson Volquez has been getting his stuff back together at Class A Dayton. Volquez also pitched on Monday for the Dragons and could be ready in five days to take Harang’s next turn.

Reds manager Dusty Baker said a decision on Harang’s future in the rotation was coming.

“Pretty soon,” Baker said. “We have to discuss things and see. We can’t have the short outings. It puts pressure on my bullpen for the ensuing days after.”

“I can’t think about that right now,” Harang said when asked about his situation. “That’s the last thing on my mind. I need to get back in a groove. I haven’t been able to feel like I’m getting in a groove.”

More quotes —

“He’s got excellent stuff. Not a lot of guys in the league have his kind of stuff and his kind of potential. I have to give him a lot of credit. He threw really well today, considering he gave up a few runs early. They tried to stretch him out a little longer than some teams would allow a pitcher to go. I thought he threw really well. He battled. He competed well.” — Joey Votto on Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, who gave up four runs, seven hits and six walks but struck out eight.

“That’s something I knew was going to happen. It was a matter of time before somebody would connect on me and somebody was going to score a run off me. It’s normal.” — Aroldis Chapman on giving up his first run and hits today.

“The real tough part was walking Ubaldo to start the inning. That’s what started the rally. In this ballpark here, you have to make them earn it. You can’t walk people here. Every time you walk somebody, it seems like they score.” — Dusty Baker on the Rockies’ four-run third vs. Harang

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I agree. It was a brutal, and extremely frustrating, way to lose a game.

The guy I feel for is Aaron Harang. This guy pitched his butt off for the Reds when the franchise was in the dumps, snubbed w/o a Cy Young vote when he deserved at least a nod, racked up a lot of quality-start losses, and yet I don’t hear a negative word from him. Lots of respect for the guy! Now that the Reds are finally nearing a postseason berth, he’s’s just cruel irony. Hard to imagine what is going on in his head. Mental/physical, I have no idea. But I’d love nothing more than for him to get back to Harang of old and pitch huge in the playoffs (if…of course)

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