Brandon Phillips hit a 2-run home run in the first inning to give the Reds their only offensive output of the day, but the story was Aaron Harang.
Wearing their Red uniforms (sortive like Tiger Woods’ sunday red) the Reds frontline starter went 9 innings allowing only 3 base hits and striking out 9 with zero walks. This was as good as Harang has looked since the 2007 season, bar none. The guy was in control and ahead of hitters all day long. This is how an ace looks when he is on the hill. If Harang can continue this efficiency or anything close to it the Reds may really have something to look forward to this season.
It’s a good thing that Harang was lights out, because Pirates starter Ian Snell wasn’t far behind. Snell struck out Jay Bruce three times on the day. Bruce finally mustered a mercy single in his final at bat and is now just hitting .200 on the season. This is concerning. Anyone know any slump busters we could send Bruce’s way?
So the Reds close out their first homestand 2-3 with a rain out and head to Milwaukee tomorrow night to face Yovani Gallardo with Edison Volquez on the hill. It’s time to get rolling.