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Aaron Harang pulled after throwing no-hitter for six innings

Jul 9, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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Padres right-hander Aaron Harang returned from the disabled list with a bang on Saturday, hurling six innings of no-hit ball against the Dodgers.

It was a bit surprising to see San Diego left-hander Josh Spence take the mound in the seventh inning with Harang’s no-hitter still intact and his pitch count still hovering at 95, but there’s little doubt that it was the correct baseball decision.

Harang hadn’t appeared in a major league game since June 9 and pitched only four innings Monday evening in his final minor league rehab start with Single-A Lake Elsinore. On top of that, the sun was beating down all afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

The Padres’ bullpen nearly managed a combined no-hitter after Harang’s exit, but Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe hit a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth and Dioner Navarro followed with a walkoff RBI single.

Harang lowered his ERA from 3.71 to 3.45 with the remarkable six-inning effort. He’s enjoyed a career resurgence this season in San Diego and could draw interest later this month if the Friars want to shop him.

  1. icanspeel - Jul 9, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    So the Padres combined for a no hitter through 8 2/3 innings, then blow the no hitter and the game and lose 1-0 again lol being a Padres fan it is just comical now.

  2. cup0pizza - Jul 9, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Two astoundingly crappy teams.

  3. ccad05 - Jul 9, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Ha!!! Try being a cubs fan sometime

  4. micker716 - Jul 9, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    If the Padres could come close to being a mediocre hitting team, they would win the NL West.

  5. vanillakokakola - Jul 10, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    I’m just coming in here to say that, scrolling by quickly, I thought that the silhouette of the ball was his hair and started CRACKING UP that he somehow grew a platinum afro.

    Upon closer investigation, I was incredibly let down.

  6. metalhead65 - Jul 10, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    nice to see Haarang doing doing well after leaving dustyland. he was good solid consistent pitcher for the reds untill baker got a hold of him. thought it would be a good idea for him to pitch 3 innings in relief2 days after his normal start then go ahead and take his turn in the rotation. then a guy with no history of arm problems suddenly came up with one and ended up on the dl. he was never the same for the reds and sucked his last 2 years with them. but it was not dusty’s fault,just a myth he does not know how to handle pitchers right?

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