Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

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  • If I have to watch a loss, I’d much prefer a day loss for a few reasons. First, it allows me to DVR the game and fast forward when I am angry. Second, it allows said anger to subside before bedtime, which for me comes early.
  • Really felt good about the game when I saw David DeJesus go yard to lead off the game. It was a line drive to right center that hit with a pronounced thud against the Toyota ad in the outfield. As a starting pitcher, that has to be a little deflating to start a game that way. Shortly after that, in the bottom half of the inning, DeJesus would hurt his hand in what could have been a nasty semi-collision with Brett Jackson. Thankfully both players were just fine.
  • Overall, I was pleased with the start that was turned in by Travis Wood. He was coming off a pretty rough outing last time out and went seven strong innings and only allowed three runs. I consider Wood, in a perfect world, to be either our third or fourth starter. To turn in that outing with that spot in the rotation is alright with me.
  • Very interesting to watch the routes that DeJesus and Jackson take in the outfield and they make a play and track fly balls compared to the routes thatBryan LaHair takes. I don’t necessarily consider him a defensive liability, but he’s not a good outfielder. He just hasn’t figured out how to put himself in a good position, especially as he has to move toward the foul line. On the positive, it is fun to watch him hit the long ball. I’m not even a chick and I dig that.
  • Brett Jackson….four at bats…..three strikeouts. At least he’s pretty.
  • John Axford pre-shave = scary and intimidating. John Axford post-shave = soft and cuddly.

As I’m re-reading my post to spell check I realize that two of my points make me come across as a little creepy. Perhaps I should stop now.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail