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Aaron Harang falls just short of history with nine consecutive strikeouts

Apr 13, 2012, 11:26 PM EDT

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Aaron Harang led the National League in strikeouts way back in 2006 as a member of the Reds, but we certainly don’t think of him a strikeout-type anymore. Some blame Dusty Baker for killing his arm, but the 33-year-old right-hander has averaged just 6.6 K/9 over the past two seasons. Still, he came very close to becoming an unlikely part of history tonight.

After giving up a leadoff single to Cameron Maybin in the top of the first inning, Harang struck out the next nine batters he faced. To put into perspective how odd this is, Harang had gone 44 straight starts without striking out nine in a game. The veteran right-hander began the top of the fourth inning with a chance to tie Tom Seaver’s major league record (April 22, 1970) with 10 consecutive strikeouts, but Will Venable took him deep to break up the streak and end the shutout. So much for that.

While Harang’s unlikely run at MLB history fell short, he did top the franchise record for consecutive strikeouts, which was set when Johnny Podres struck out eight straight against the Phillies on July 2, 1962. Breaking Johnny Podres’ record against the Padres? Now that’s weird.

UPDATE: Harang tied his career-high with 13 strikeouts before exiting after 6 1/3 innings, having allowed four runs on four hits and two walks. The Dodgers won 9-8 on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning.

  1. jackalx619 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Id be impressed…if my padres could even hit little league pitching right now …

  2. metalhead65 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    let’s see before baker harrang was good consistent pitcher for the reds,under baker he became a injury prone loser. leaves for padres and suddenly not a loser and appears to be on the winning track again with the dodgers but nothing at all to do with baker right?

  3. icanspeel - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Padres did score 8 runs, but struck out 18 times.. lol good thing they went with 2 hitting coaches this year.

  4. warrenlevine - Apr 14, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    What exactly is “a base-loaded walk”? Anything like a bases-loaded walk?

  5. warrenlevine - Apr 14, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    What exactly is “a base-loaded walk”? Anything like a bases-loaded walk?

    • drewsylvania - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      It’s better than a head-empty spelling troll.

  6. watchfullhose - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    Some people blame baker for ruining strasburg’s arm

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