Aaron Harang finally put up a solid performance in the month of
Now, the right-hander seeks his first win in more than a month
as his Seattle Mariners try to avoid being swept by the visiting
Los Angeles Angels in Sunday’s finale.
Harang (5-10, 5.49 ERA) got off to a terrible start in August,
posting a 12.75 ERA through his first three starts. He suffered
from forearm tightness in his third outing.
On Monday, Harang showed a different side, allowing one run in
seven innings against the A’s before Oakland won 2-1 in walk-off
“(Harang) was good, his elbow was fine, no tightness,” said
Robby Thompson, who served as the interim manager while Eric Wedge
recovered from a stroke. “He mixed in his breaking ball and moved
his fastball around. A very nice outing for him. Too bad it was
spoiled at the end.”
Looking for his first win since July 22, Harang can’t be too
thrilled to see the Angels (57-71) on Sunday. He’s 0-3 with a 10.03
ERA against Los Angeles this season and has allowed five homers in
11 2-3 innings.
Josh Hamilton has hit two of those, and is 5 for 7 against
Harang in 2013. Erick Aybar (3 for 6) and Mike Trout (4 for 6) have
also fared well versus Harang this season.
Trout’s homer in the first inning was all the Angels needed on
Saturday. He hit a two-run blast off Erasmo Ramirez and J.B. Shuck
added three hits in Los Angeles’ 5-1 win.
The Angels now turn to Jered Weaver (7-7, 3.62) as they look for
their first sweep since taking all three in Houston in the final
three days of June.
Weaver went 4-0 with a 1.49 ERA during a five-start stretch from
July 19 through Aug. 9, but he’s been hit hard in his last two
outings. The right-hander surrendered nine runs in five innings at
Yankee Stadium on Aug. 14, then allowed four in six frames of a 5-2
loss to Cleveland on Monday.
All four runs and five of the eight hits came in the fourth
“Things just got away from me a little bit,” Weaver said. “I was
feeling good all night, and my location was good, but I just had
one blowup inning and it ended up being the difference in the
Weaver has finally gotten a bit of run support in the second
half – 4.56 per nine innings in seven starts as opposed to 2.42 in
11 outings before the All-Star break – but he hasn’t gotten much
help recently against Seattle. He’s lost four straight starts to
the Mariners (59-69) with just one total run to back him up.
He’s given up five homers over 19 innings in that skid,
including one to Justin Smoak in a 6-0 defeat at Safeco Field on
July 13- his only start versus Seattle this season.
Raul Ibanez is a career .455 hitter (15 for 33) with four homers
The Mariners have hardly looked like an offensive threat in this
series, though, having scored a single run in the first two
“We spread out some hits here and there, but we never really put
anything together,” Wedge said. “You got to put more heat on them