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But Hanrahan is only as effective as his command of his impressive stuff, and his inability to harness it throughout his entire outing last night cost him a shot at pitching deep into the game.

Hanrahan (2-1) issued four walks in five innings, including a costly one to Jayson Werth with one out in the second. Carlos Ruiz followed with a two-run blast to left-center that would have been a solo homer if not for the preceding at-bat.

Those were the only runs Philadelphia got off the hurler, but his location troubles ratcheted up his pitch count to the point where he couldn’t go beyond the fifth inning. With his pitch count already at 101 (only 51 of them strikes), Hanrahan was pulled for a pinch-hitter.

“I just need to get quicker outs,” he said. “I’d say that’s the biggest thing that’s held me back. If you look at the last couple of years, I’ve had a lot of walks. I think that’s one of the things I’ve got to work on.”