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In a week that Clayton Kershaw struck out 13 batters, we look back at another 13-strikeout performance, this one by Aaron Harang seemingly out of nowhere in 2012.
Harang’s game featured a Dodgers-record nine consecutive strikeouts, just one shy of the major league record of 10 straight that was held solely by Tom Seaver until Zack Wheeler tied him just last week.
The Dodgers signed Harang to a two-year deal before the 2012 season, and after making 31 starts for them in his first year, he was part of a much-ballyhooed eight-starter rotation in the spring of 2013 (sound familiar?). Harang, who was not suited for the bullpen, was instead traded to Seattle in the first week of the season. And the Dodgers ended up using 10 starting pitchers in April anyway.
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