Matt Belisle doesn't want to admit that he might pitch better when he doesn't know he's starting.
Belisle (2-4) got his first start of the season on April 13 at St. Louis, when he replaced injured Ramon Ortiz. He'd been told the night before that Ortiz might be sidelined with a groin injury, and he responded by allowing one run and four hits in Cincinnati's 6-5 win.
The rookie right-hander, the only nonstarter to not pitch in Tuesday's 14-inning win, had no warning that he would be making his first start since April 23. Harang was sidelined by flu-like symptoms, and Belisle didn't know he was starting until he arrived at the ballpark about 1½ hours before the game.
He responded by limiting the Nationals to two runs and five hits, and matching his personal best with six strikeouts in a career-high six innings.
"I guess that's my track record, but knowing or not knowing, it should be the same," Belisle said. "The big thing is to establish consistency. I knew the bullpen was depleted, and I wanted to give them as much as I could, so I wanted to be aggressive."