LA Angels: Dan Haren Shuts out Mariners, Racks Up 14 K's in Best Game of Career

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 25, 2012

It was all smiles for Haren and the rest of the Angels on Thursday night in Seattle.
It was all smiles for Haren and the rest of the Angels on Thursday night in Seattle.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were supposed to have an ace in Dan Haren, but Haren entered Thursday's game with a disappointing 1-5 record and a 4.37 ERA—far from what they had come to expect from Haren.

The Angels had lost eight of Haren's first nine starts going into his 10th start against the Seattle Mariners.

That all changed on Thursday night.

Haren earned his second win of the season when he threw a complete-game shutout in a 3-0 victory against the Mariners.

Haren only allowed four hits in the game and did not allow a walk. The most impressive part of his night was the 14 strikeouts that he tallied throughout the game. The 14 strikeouts were a career high for Haren, and it was the most strikeouts without a walk in a game by any pitcher this season.

This was easily his best game this year and was arguably the best of his career. It was his 16th career complete game and sixth career shutout. He pitched three shutouts last season with the Angels.

The Angels are starting to click on all cylinders. With Albert Pujols' current hot streak and Haren's dominance on the mound, it won't be long before the Angels are picking teams off in the AL West and challenging the division leading Texas Rangers.