I missed most of this game as I was out enjoying the lovely weather for most of the day, but when I tuned in to Joe Angel in the fifth inning and found out that it was 5-1, I was just like, "meh." I mean, what are the odds you'll get good starting pitching from Adam Eaton and Mark Hendrickson in the same week? Sucky, that's what they are.
Maybe it's harder to get emotional about the game when you miss the first part of it, maybe the expectations are so low for Hendo, or maybe apathy is setting in early, but I can't get too worked up about this.
- After starting the season ice cold, it looks like Ty Wigginton is finally starting to come around the past few days. Ty had the first two RBIs of the night including his first home run of the year.
- Brian Bass is looking good. He came into the game with one out in the fifth and a runner on third and threw 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and striking out four. After starting the season looking just awful, Bass has now gone four outings without allowing a run.
- The 9th was pretty exciting as the bottom of the order came through in a big way. ZAUN reached on an error and ended up at second base, pinch hitter Lou Montanez slapped an opposite field single, and Cesar Izturis doubled, all with no outs.
- It's hard to be too tough on the top of the lineup the way they've been hitting since the season started, but they were just abysmal today. Roberts-Jones-Markakis-Huff were 3-19 and left 12 runners on base. Adam Jones did get a single with two on in the 9th but by then it was too little, too late.
- Mark Hendrickson continues to show why he doesn't belong in a major league rotation. In 4.1 innings he allowed four homeruns, including two to that jerk Ian Kinsler. If you're looking for a silver lining you could say that he only walked one, but not many guys are gonna take a walk when the pitcher is giving them meatballs to hit.
Looking Ahead: Brad Bergesen makes his second big league start tomorrow, game time 1:35. It's going to be 85 degrees and sunny and hopefully he'll be able to repeat Tuesday's performance in front of a much larger crowd.