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Aaron Harang strikes out nine consecutive batters, sets Dodger record

The starter, who made an early exit in his Dodgers debut last week, breaks a nearly 50-year-old team record held by World Series hero Johnny Podres.

April 13, 2012|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Dodgers starter Aaron Harang delivers a pitch during the first inning of Friday's game against the San Diego Padres.
Dodgers starter Aaron Harang delivers a pitch during the first inning of… (Harry How / Getty Images )

What in the name of Vladimir Shpunt was that?

Facing the San Diego Padres in Dodger Stadium, Aaron Harang set an all-time franchise record by striking out nine consecutive batters on Friday night.

This is the same Harang who lasted only 4 1/3 innings in his Dodgers debut last week. The same Harang with a career earned-run average of 4.26.

Harang broke the old record of eight, which was established by World Series hero Johnny Podres on July 2, 1962, in Dodger Stadium against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Harang gave up a lead-off single to Cameron Maybin to start the game, but struck out the next nine batters. Will Venable prevented Harang from breaking Tom Seaver’s all-time major league record of 10 by hitting a home run over the left-field wall.

For the record: An earlier version of this post said Johnny Podres set the record in 1962 against the San Diego Padres instead of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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