Dodger Ball

During yesterday’s game, Bear Grylls threw out the first pitch after lighting it on fire and then today, pitcher Aaron Harang struck out nine hitters in a row. Breaking Johnny Podres’ Dod-gah record of eight straight. First, the Bear:

Showing that he can rely on the elements in any situation, television survivalist Bear Grylls lit a baseball on fire before throwing it for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first pitch on Thursday night. Why the “Man Vs. Wild” star did this is anybody’s guess, but it was worth it just to see Dodgers catcher Matt Treanor squirm behind the plate.

Bear Grylls lights his first pitch on fire

And now for some Haranging:

Dodgers pitcher Aaron Harang has struck out nine straight batters, setting a franchise record for one game.

Harang gave up a leadoff single to Cameron Maybin before striking out the next nine San Diego Padres batters Friday night, breaking Johnny Podres’ club record of eight in a row set against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 2, 1962. Harang’s streak ended when Will Venable homered leading off the fourth.

Hall of Famer Tom Seaver set the major league record with 10 consecutive strikeouts for the New York Mets against the Padres on April 22, 1970.

Dodger Baseball. It should be part of the RDA, your Recommended Daily Allowance.

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