The Stat Line Of The Night – 04/12/09 – Aaron Harang

aaron-harangTotal Pro Sports – The Pittsburgh Pirates traveled to Cincinnati to play the Reds Easter Sunday.  Even with a  triple play in the game against the Reds, the Pirates still lost the 3-0.

The player of the game was pitcher Aaron Harangof the Cincinnati Reds pitching a brilliant complete game, 3 hit shutout, making him “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Sunday April 12th, 2009.

Harang (1-1) faced just three batters over the minimum while pitching the sixth shutout and 12th complete game of his career. The right-hander threw 108 pitches, 80 for strikes, while improving to 12-5 against the Pirates.

“They knew I was throwing strikes,” Harang said. “I was hitting my spots on the outside corner, but keeping them honest on the inside part of the plate. They couldn’t lean out over the plate.”

Said Pittsburgh manager John Russell: “He’s not a veteran, winning pitcher in the majors for nothing. When he’s hitting his spots like that, he’s tough to beat.”

It was the first complete-game shutout of the year in the majors, and the earliest for Cincinnati since Pete Harnisch threw one against the San Diego Padres on April 4, 1999.

“It’s rare that you have a complete game that early,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It shows you what kind of shape he’s in.”

This is a good start for Harang after a less then spectacular season last year finishing off with a losing 6-17 overall record.

Pirates pull off triple play, but Reds’ Harang too strong – [SportsLine]

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