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Opening Night Observations

Posted on: April 6, 2010 2:33 pm
Not gonna lie, I spent the first part of the game more focused on the Duke - Butler NCAA title game, which was a GREAT game. Can you imagine if Heyward's last-second heave would have gone in? It would have EASILY been the greatest shot/moment in the history of the tourney. Move over Jimmy V searching for someone to hug, move over Villanova upsetting Georgetown, move over Laettner's turn around jumper versus Kentucky. It would have been HUGE. Alas, it wasn't to be.

Even though my full attention was dedicated to the hoops, I did flip to the Angels home opener against the Twins during commercials and also followed over the internet, so I had at least an idea of what was going on. And right after Heyward's shot came up empty, I switched the channel to see Jered Weaver pitch out of a little jam in the 6th to finish his night. A solid outing from Weaver - 6 innings, 3runs, 6 Ks, 5 hits and couple of walks. He gave the offense a chance, and that's all you can really ask, especially this early in the season.

The Halos were able to scratch across a couple runs and then got a little breathing room when Matsui and Morales (M & M, anyone?) went back-to-back in the 8th. Mathis did a nice Napoli impersonation, hitting a solo shot in the 2nd inning and Erick Aybar did his job atop the order, getting on base three times and scoring two runs. Brandon Wood had a tough night, going 0-4, striking out three (ouch!) times. I still think he'll be fine.

Perhaps the best sign was three scoreless innings from the bullpen - Jepsen, Rodney and then Fuentes, who notched his first save of the season in a very un-Fuentes like undramatic (is that a word?) fashion.

Overall - nice nights from Matsui (welcome), Morales (HR batting right) and 6 strong from Weaver.

Ho-hum. Just another Halo victory (RIP Rory).

Also, I didn't get a chance to hear much of Victor Rojas' call of the game, so jury's still out on him, for me.

Matsui goes yard on opening night.

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 5:00 pm

Opening Night Observations

True, but hey, they got of those jams unscathed. As for Rodney, he's always been a high BB guy, so you expect he'll walk a tightrope every now and then.

BTW, check out Kendry in that picture I posted. Maybe he's just adjusting his cup.

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 4:16 pm

Opening Night Observations

Jepsen and Rodney were a little shaky...Jepsen was in quite a bit of a jam but he worked out of it. Rodney couldn't throw one over the plate, but somehow got out of it. I'll chalk those two up as "first game of the season problems". Fuentes looked really good. A few less heart attacks from him this year would be nice.

Go Angels!

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