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.”