MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Aaron Harang has been close to untouchable
since spending most of last month on the disabled list with a
sprained ligament in his right elbow.
Since coming off the DL, Harang has allowed just one earned run
in 18 2/3 innings for a measly ERA of 0.48 thanks to modified
mechanics that has him throwing across his body less.
"I felt great," Harang said. "It was one of those games where
everything was good. My arm slot was deceptive with all my pitches.
I don't think I made many mistakes. I had everything working
Harang (5-2) gave up five hits, all singles, walked one and
didn't allow a runner past first base until left fielder Adam
Dunn's throwing error on Chris Magruder's bloop single with two
outs in the eighth.
Graves also had 32 saves in 39 chances in 2001 and 2002 -- but
those stats are for a full season, not half of one.
"That's pretty crazy," Graves said.
But Graves wanted to talk more about Harang's performance than
"Unbelievable, that was awesome," Graves said. "His velocity
was the best I've seen."
The Reds recorded Harang's 100th pitch at 94 mph.
"He was outstanding," Cincinnati manager Dave Miley said.
"Even when he ran into a bit of trouble in the eighth they were
balls that weren't really hit hard. He was tremendous."
Harang never faced more than four batters in an inning.
"He just didn't get into trouble," Brewers cleanup hitter Lyle
The Brewers have scored just 20 runs in their last nine games,
six of them losses. They've been in a two-month funk, but Overbay
said he still trusts they won't have to scrape for runs on a
nightly basis the rest of the summer.
"No, we can score a run anywhere through our lineup," he said.
"We just can't get it together right now."
Certainly not against Harang.
"It was a lack of offense, but the reason it was a lack of
offense is because Aaron Harang threw an outstanding ballgame,"
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "The zone was big ... it was a
high zone and it was a low zone and he took advantage of it."
So did Brewers starter Chris Capuano, who set a career high with
nine strikeouts to go with two big mistakes.
Ken Griffey Jr., who broke out of a long slump with four RBI on
Thursday night, followed Barry Larkin's double down the left-field
line with a double into the right-field corner to give the Reds a
1-0 lead in the first inning. He was stranded at third when
shortstop Counsell robbed Pena of a base hit.
Capuano (3-5) stifled the Reds after that until Pena sent a
pitch 430 feet for his eighth homer in the sixth. It followed a
walk to Griffey and gave Cincinnati a 3-0 lead.
Capuano allowed three earned runs on six hits with three walks
in a career-best 7 1/3 innings.
"He made two bad pitches that got hit, one to Griffey on a
hanging slider and a changeup that came back over the middle of the
plate to Pena," Yost said. "Besides that, he was outstanding."
Keith Ginter started at third base for the Brewers in place of
slumping starter Wes Helms, whose consecutive two-base errors
Thursday night led to a five-run Reds rally. Helms has had a rough
season in the field and at the plate, where he's hitting .261 with
two homers and 16 RBI.
Matt Erickson pinch-hit in the eighth and grounded out in his
major league debut. He was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis
when the Brewers optioned right-hander Wes Obermueller to
Indianapolis before the game.
The crowd of 30,709 was treated to a free Randy Travis
concert afterward. ... Brewers RHP Ben Diggins had a 31-pitch
performance Friday in the Arizona Rookie League, his first
appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow
on Aug. 8. He allowed three hits and no runs in 1 2/3 innings
against the Giants' affiliate.