Harang, 32, started the process of rebuilding his career by holding the reigning world champion Giants to one run on six hits over six innings in the Padres' 3-1 win.
"Aaron had all his pitches working, the fastball, slider and change," said Padres manager Bud Black.
"He was fun for me to catch," said Nick Hundley. "Everything was right there."
"This is exactly how I pictured this might go," said Harang, who was born and raised in San Diego and attended San Diego State. He signed as a free agent with the Padres last winter after struggling the past three seasons with the Reds.
Harang no longer has the 94-96 mph fastball that carried him to 53 wins and 849 strikeouts in 838 2/3 innings in his first four full seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.
"But he still has enough stuff," said Black. "He won't strike out 200, but he does all the little things that winning pitchers do. He still pitches with the fastball. Aaron feels good physically. He was throwing in the low 90s in Arizona. That's enough with his height and slider."
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