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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Reds 8, Pirates 0

For some reason this didn't post last night (to the right is the best view in baseball):

When we came into the clubhouse tonight, Matt Belisle screamed "I hate you" at Aaron Harang. Belisle meant in the nicest possible way. It's just that starting pitchers aren't supposed to make it look as easy as Harang did Wednesday in two-hitting the Pirates.

“It's unbelievable,” Belisle said. “Twenty-two of 29 first-pitch strikes. Only four were off-speed. He just locates so well. He’s very deceptive."

93 pitches -- 70 strikes. 29 batters faced. Eight strikeouts, one walk.

Harang is 14-3 with a 3.51 ERA. The only start he lost since May 20 was the one he left after an inning with a sore back. He came into the game leading the majors in the winning percentage.

His 37 wins since the 2005 All-Star Break are the second most in the NL. Only Carlos Zambrano (39) has more.

“I've said it before and I'll say it again: He’s just a pleasure to watch,” Reds manager Pete Mackanin said. “He was in control all the way. He threw everything in his arsenal for strikes.”


at 11:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see Harang pitching better every year he has been with the Reds. This is a classic case of not judging a young pitcher by his first year or two in the majors.

Why some bloggers already want to proclaim Bailey as some washed up prospect, I don't know. This game takes patience and experience.

John, can't say I've read a lot about Harang. What kind of guy is he around the other clubhouse pitchers, especially the younger ones?

Thanks. Rick in Chicago.

at 1:40 PM Blogger tim said...


Do you think Harang will recieve any serious consideration for the Cy Young this year?

at 2:29 PM Blogger Daedalus said...


If Cincy's own sportswriters didn't give Harang a single vote last year, I doubt he has a very good chance this year, either.

Seriously, Cincy sportswriters, what is your problem?

at 3:06 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I think he'll get serious if he goes 5-1 or 4-2 in the his last six starts. 18-3 or 17-4 are hard to ignore. He faces the Mets the next time out. ESPN might even notice.

at 5:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this team was a contender every year, Harang would be the Reds Carson Palmer.

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