PEORIA, Ariz. -- Most pitchers don't place a lot of stock in their Spring Training results, let alone the opponent they're pitching against. That wasn't the case Wednesday for Padres right-hander Aaron Harang. Harang faced the Reds at Peoria Stadium, the team with whom he spent parts of the last eight seasons. And even though nearly all of Cincinnati's regular position players didn't play, Harang still felt a sense of apprehension facing his old team.
"I had a little nervous adrenaline," Harang said. "You want to do well against your old team." After setting down the Reds 1-2-3 in the first inning, Harang ran into trouble, allowing five runs on five consecutive hits in the second frame of what became a 15-5 Padres loss.
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Harang allowed seven runs on seven hits in three innings, including two home runs, one to Ryan Hanigan in the second inning and another to Chris Heisey in the third."It's only my second start. I'm not worried about it," Harang said. "I look at it as getting it out of the way now instead of having this happen when I face them during the season." Harang, after a brief talk with bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, said he figured out what was causing him to elevate the ball. "Ak came out and said it looked like a timing issue out of the stretch," Harang said. "I was too quick to the plate. "Last start, everything was down in the zone. Going out of the stretch, everything was elevated." In his first start, Harang retired all six batters he faced in a game against the Rockies on March 2. But that wasn't the case on Wednesday. "They came out swinging and took advantage of balls being elevated by swinging at the first pitch," Harang said.