After a walk-off battle with the Mets, a day off, then an embarrassing 14-7
loss to the Cubs on Friday Aaron Harang pitched his ass off on Saturday.
Beating the Cubs 14-2, and getting his second victory of the season, Harang
went 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out nine
Cubs. Harang looked like the pitcher he was during '06-'07 when he won
sixteen games each season. His location was precise and his velocity was
potent. During his last three starts, Harang has allowed only seven earned
runs in 18.2 innings while striking out 21 batters. If the Reds' "Ace" can
continue to keep it old school he could quickly erase the memories of his
early season struggles. Harang commented on his recent 2010 success:
last three outings, Iíve been able to pretty much put the ball where I want
Be that as it may, we can only hope that Aaron Harang can keep "putting it
where he wants it." The Reds gained a game on the Cardinals on Saturday and
are now just 3.5 games behind them in the NL Central. Mike "Godzilla" Leake
(2-0, 2.94) will face former Red Ryan Dempster (2-2, 2.95) at 1:10pm on
Sunday as the Reds attempt to take the series from the Cubs.
Aroldis Chapman will make his sixth start for the Louisville Bats on Sunday
against Rochester. Chapman is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA with the Bats. First pitch
will be at 2:05pm.