What to make of
Smart, effective pitcher who has enough stuff and guile to still be a very effective major-league pitcher? Or a soft-tossing over-the-hill right-hander clinging to a rotation spot?
These days the answer almost depends on which start Haren’s recently made. He made one Friday night against the
Haren gave up a leadoff homer to
Yet, after the homer, Haren fairly breezed. He allowed only two more hits and did not walk a batter. He called it a night after throwing seven innings, striking out six and raising his record to 11-10.
Turns out, Friday was the very good Haren.
The Dodgers tied the score against Mets left-hander
Haren tried to bunt the runners over, but bounced the ball right to Niese, who fired to third to start a 1-5-3 double play. Still,
The Dodgers took the lead with a run in the fifth, after
Not the best night of bunting for Haren. The good news was that Turner ran in the pickle long enough for Arruebarrena to advance to third, which worked out nicely when Haren made amends for his botched bunt by punching a run-scoring single into center.
The Dodgers scored three additional runs in the seventh, with the help of Mets shortstop
After Yasiel Puig walked, Adrian Gonzalez hit a routine bouncer to Flores, who had already muffed one for an error in the fifth that included a pratfall. Flores threw the ball past first baseman
Gordon scored and Puig took third. Matt Kemp doubled to drive in two more. Overall, the Mets committed four errors Friday.
The Dodgers added a final run in the eighth when Turner walked, stole second and scored on an Ellis double.
The Dodgers' offense, quiet of late, managed 10 hits but their best news of the night had to be Haren turning it around after that first-inning homer. The Dodgers' rotation currently is of the "iffy" variety and it very much needs Haren to return to the form that saw him start the season 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA.