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Harang Handles Bucs Bats

Harang Handles Bucs Bats

Not much you can do on a day when just four runners reach base. Aaron Harang faced just thirty hitters, allowed three singles and an HBP in 108 pitches to notch a complete came shutout.
The Pirates best chance to score came in the first inning when Nyjer Morgan's blooper bounced off the glove of a diving Willy Taveras. Morgan was in safely with a sliding double. But he was stranded.
The Reds wasted no time in getting to Ian Snell. In the first Taveras doubled and Brandon Phillips pulled out outside pitch over the wall in left. Those would be the only runs of the game. I predict that Phillips will make his first All-Star team this year.
Snell would settle in and allow just three singles and three walks over the next five innings. He struck out seven.
The Good
No issues with Snell's effectiveness. If he can do that consistently, it'll be just fine.
Morgan reached base three times with an HBP and two more hits. He was caught stealing.
The Pirates turned a nifty double play with Jack W...

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