Aaron Harang was recognized by the Reds prior to tonight’s game for his contributions to the Cincinnati community. He spent the previous eight years pitching in Cincy before joining the Padres in 2011. Thanks for the Reds for providing photography of the ceremony.
The Padres took two of three from Washington, sealing the deal with a 5-4 come-from-behind win today. Since the beginning of the 2004 season, the Padres have gone 34-12 (.739) against the Washington/Montreal franchise, posting a 13-2 series record.
The club begins a three-game set at Atlanta tomorrow with Aaron Harang taking on Tim Hudson. Harang has allowed just two runs (one earned) in his last two starts, working 15.0 innings. The Padres will be looking for their first series victory over the Braves since 8/25-27/09. That three-game series in 2009 is the only series victory for the Padres over the Braves since 2005.
Here are the probables for the upcoming series:
Monday – RHP Aaron Harang vs. RHP Tim Hudson
Tuesday – RHP Mat Latos vs. LHP Mike Minor
Wednesday – LHP Clayton Richard vs. RHP Tommy Hanson
Aaron Harang, Tim Stauffer and Luke Gregerson took time today to visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to meet with Wounded Warriors.
The guys share their thoughts on today’s experience:
The Padres can still clinch a split of the season series against the Cardinals with a win this afternoon. They are 9-7 in series finales on the year. Today it will be Mat Latos taking on Chris Carpenter. Latos has not faced the Cardinals this year while Carpenter started against the Padres on Opening Day, a 5-3 extra-inning win for the Padres.
A few notes following last night’s game:
Aaron Harang has now worked 7.0-or-more innings in three of his last four starts and is 1-0 with a 3.42 ERA (10 ER/26.1 IP) over that stretch. He is 3-2 with a 3.40 ERA (17 ER/45.0 IP) in seven starts at home this year.
Chase Headley (1-for-3 last night) has hit safely in 18 of his last 24 games since 4/29, batting .316 (24-for-76) with six doubles during that stretch.
Brad Hawpe (1-for-4 last night) has hit safely in 19 of his last 23 games with an at-bat, hitting .314 (27-for-86) with eight doubles and 13 runs scored in 25 games overall since 4/25 over that span.
The Pads are wrapping up the road trip with a two-game series that starts tonight in Arizona. Beginning Wednesday, the boys are back for an eight-game homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers (May 18-19), the “natural rival” Seattle Mariners (May 20-22) and the St. Louis Cardinals (May 23-25).
Here’s a preview of the new Blueprint cover, featuring local boy Aaron Harang.
Remember, it’s free when you come to the game. This issue also features Mike Adams, Dave Roberts and a look back at the 1987 home opener.
We’re currently working on making all issue of the Blueprint available online. As soon as they are ready, you’ll be the first to know.