Gold Nuggets – Harang’s 2-Hit Shutout
Throughout the season, Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith will provide content on From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Mariners players and organization. In this installment Aaron shares some interesting tidbits about the CG 2-hit shutout by Aaron Harang last night vs. the Astros.
I was just finishing up my dinner last night at Safeco Field when the word reached our table that Kendrys Morales was a late scratch from the lineup due to some back soreness. While I didn’t exactly drop my plastic fork mid-bite, I did wonder what the Mariners offense might look like without the threat of Morales.
Well, as it turned out, the M’s were just fine without Kendrys last night. Yes, the Astros offense has struggled at times this year, but few might have predicted that Aaron Harang would deal his second complete game shutout of the season like he did.
Here are some notes from last night and looking forward to the upcoming road trip.
- At 35 years and 33 days old, Harang became the 5th-oldest pitcher since 1916 to have a shutout with no more than two hits allowed, at least 10 K’s and no walks. Randy Johnson, at 40 years and 251 days old on May 18, 2004, was the oldest.
- Harang’s 10 strikeouts set a new season-high and marked the 12th time in his career he racked up 10 or more punch outs in a game (last time: April 13, 2012 vs. SD).
- Get this…in the history of the Mariners, there have only been two pitching performances that featured a shutout allowing 2 or fewer hits, 10 or more strikeouts with zero walks. The Felix Hernandez Perfect Game and Aaron Harang last night. Wow!
- The Astros never had an at-bat with a runner in scoring position. Harang worked with a runner at first base only three times.
- Two of Harang’s three wins this season have come on complete game shutouts.
- Raul (So Cool) Ibanez clubbed his team-leading 13th home run of the year. Ibanez also homered the night before, making it the fourth time this season he has homered in back-to-back games. Here is some great info on Ibanez and his HR hitting prowess as a 41-year-old courtesy of Gary Hill.
- Every baseball fan should love watching Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. He saw his career-high 11-game hitting streak end last night. In the 8th inning Monday night, Altuve connected on his 300th career hit in what was his 263rd career game. It took Lance Berkman 288 games to reach hit No. 300.
- A quick look around the A.L. West tells you that it’s the Rangers and A’s…and everyone else. The Mariners now hold a 1.5 game lead over the Angels for third place in the division, 10 games outside of Texas and Oakland.
- With the upcoming seven-game trip to Oakland and Anaheim, the Mariners have a chance to gain a little ground, but it won’t be easy. The A’s are killing it right now. At 39-17, Oakland has its best record after 66 games since 1992. The Angels, meanwhile, have lost four straight but just got center fielder Peter Bourjos back. All he did Tuesday night was this.
The Mariners have a chance for their first series sweep of 2013 tonight in the finale with the Astros. Hope you can join Rick, me, and Mike Zunino for the first pitch at 7:10.