The Cincinnati Reds have been plagued by giving up first inning runs. Tonight their former ace, Aaron Harang now pitching for San Diego, was troubled by the same problem. Harang gave up a pair of two run bombs in the first inning as the Padres fell into an early hole from which they couldn't escape.
The two worst offenses in the National League did battle. With those early runs, the Pirates got all the scoring they would need. James McDonald was solid in holding the anemic Friars at bay.
Xavier Paul singled with one out in the first off Harang. Jones followed him with a drive over the fence in right. Neil Walker singled. With two outs Chris Snyder homered to left. Just like that, it was 4-0 Bucs. Harang would give up just one more hit in the next four innings, exiting for a pinch hitter after tossing five frames.
The Padres advanced just one runner past second base against McDonald throught the first five innings. But with two ...
Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.