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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2009-05-01


Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2009-05-01
Like any pitcher, Dan Haren cannot control whether he gets in the win column. But he controlled just about everything else in April.

Haren was 2-3 with a 1.54 ERA in his five April starts. They were all quality starts, which tied him for the major league lead with the Dodgers' Chad Billingsley and Houston's Wandy Rodriguez. Haren leads the major leagues in fewest hits and walks per nine innings, and his ERA is third in the majors behind Kansas City's Zack Greinke (0.50) and the Mets' Johan Santana (1.10).

Haren leads the major leagues by holding opponents to a .171 batting average, and he and Santana are tied for the major league lead in strikeouts with 44.

"I've felt real good two or three times out there, and the other times I was able to use my other stuff to get outs," Haren said. "It's a long season. I still have close to 30 starts left, hopefully. I've always prided myself on my consistency. Hopefully I can go out and be consistent the rest of the way. There is a long ways to go. I hope to continue to keep doing what I am doing."

Haren, whose next start will be Saturday in Milwaukee, has given up six runs in 35 innings. While he was on the mound, however, the D-backs scored only eight runs. And Haren accounted for one-quarter of those runs himself with a two-run double that keyed a four-run fifth inning in a 7-2 victory over the Cubs on April 27.

Haren has the third-best ERA in franchise history entering May. Randy Johnson had the only two better starts -- he was 6-0 with an 0.91 ERA in April 2000, and was 6-0 with a 1.37 ERA in April 2002. Johnson made six quality starts each time.

Haren has done this sort of thing before -- he was 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in six June starts last season.

After beating the Cubs on Monday, he is looking for his first career victory against the Brewers. He has made only two relief appearances against them in a career spent largely in the AL.

BREWERS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1: RHP Max Scherzer gave up five hits in six shutout innings, but Milwaukee scored four runs off four relief pitchers in the seventh inning to win its fifth straight game against the D-backs at Miller Park dating to 2007.

RHP Tom Gordon gave up two walks and two singles before LHP Scott Schoeneweis walked in the go-ahead run and allowed a two-run double to OF Mike Cameron. 2B Felipe Lopez led off the game with a homer, the only support Scherzer received.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 1, 2009

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