Today was opening day and the first inter-league opener in history and it’s always funny to watch 6′ 7″ gangles bo-jangles Jered Weaver swing a bat. Angels v. Reds. Longest game ever. It’s only the first game of the season and I’m already emotionally drained. I asked myself several times during this game if I could handle this level of anxiety 161 more times.
Weaver was a little shaky at first but came into form. By the time he figured it out, he had thrown too many pitches and was lifted for a no-name pinch hitter in the top of the 7th with the bases loaded and 2 outs. The batter struck out and I’m pretty sure Weaver could have done that.
As soon as the Angels’ bullpen entered a scoreless game late, I was just waiting for them to blow it. I was waiting in the 8th when the Reds loaded the bases with one out and pretty much every inning after the bottom of the 9th. But it never happened. They combined for 7 scoreless innings and it was capped off by Ernesto closing it out.
13 innings and nearly 5 hours of Angels batters swinging at balls that have already been thrown back to the pitcher. The Angels struck out 17 times. That seems like a lot. The hero, Chris Ianetta, struck out three times himself in 6 at bats. He was however the only Angel with an RBI, 3 to be exact. He had a solo homer in the 3rd and, the most clutch, a game-winning 2 RBI, 2 out, bases loaded single in the top of the 13th inning.
Josh Hamilton’s Angels debut wasn’t all bad. Even though he had a fat goose egg in the hit column, he did have two walks one of those happening in the 13th and he came around to score.
It really seemed like none of the hitters, on either, team had their timing yet. Weaver was blowing 85 mph fastballs by some of the best hitters in the game.
The pitching was excellent today, on both sides really, and I hope they bullpen can stay this sharp all year.
-The Big A-Hole