It was nice to sit down yesterday and not only watch a quick game, but to watch a win as well. I’ve been down in the dumps about this team and haven’t been doing much commenting on individual games as I’ve done in the past. I did come away with a few observations from last night.

  1. Jake Fox is my third baseman She Hate Me move Adaptation. film – at least for now. I’ve not seen any difference so far with him at the hot corner as opposed to Mike Fontenot. Obviously I understand that he’s not the long term answer over there, but you have to admit he’s done better than you might have expected and he’s swinging the bat well. He had a couple of really nice at bats that yielded opposite field singles. He had been trying to drive the outside pitch too much instead of shortening the stroke, but tonight he did just that. Until Ramirez comes back, I want Fox out there at third.
  2. Milton Bradley looked alive at the plate – You have to reward little successes with praise. That’s what we’ve learned with our toddler as he’s just about done potty training. Seeing as how Milton acts similar to a toddler, we need to treat him and his situation in that way. That being said, he deserves some praise for a couple of nice, hard hitting at bats including a scorched line drive double to drive in a run in a two strike count. I’m not saying all of his troubles are over, but it was nice to see him actually have a clue at the plate and actually drive in a run instead of just being content to draw a walk. Let’s build on that and move forward tonight.
  3. I secretly hate when Ryan Theriot hits a HR – Though it’s fun to watch, and last night’s was crushed, I hate it a little when Theriot goes deep because it usually leads him to get away from his opposite field short stroke and look for the long ball. Hopefully it’s not the case here, but this new found power is good and bad. With great power comes great responsibility, the responsibility to not lose sight of the fact that you’re not a 30 HR guy and start trying to drive everything. Hopefully Ryan knows that.
  4. Rich Harden was nasty – That’s the Harden we traded for, the overpowering pitcher that can rack of K’s in a hurry. Stay healthy and continue to dominate…please.

It’s not a milestone win, and it doesn’t leadfrog us into a good team, but you have to start somewhere. Let’s build on last night and really look to play good baseball as we head into the break. With series against Milwaukee and St. Louis coming up right before, the time is now to make a nice little move in the division that is mired by mediocrity. Don’t wait.

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