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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Out Of Loek: Reds 5, Angels 4

Somebody had to deliver that awful pun about Loek van Mil's throwing a meatball to Ryan Ludwick, who then sent the ball sailing over the left field fence, sealing the game for the home Reds. Ludwick had only entered the game in the seventh, beset previously with some sort of flu bug lately, but proved his mettle at the end. Van Mil, on the other hand ended the day with one of the team's worst ERAs, at 9.53. Not that he was likely to make the team; he'll probably start back in AA or AAA.

Dan Haren and Bronson Arroyo both pitched reasonably well, though you have to be concerned about the shockingly large number of hits Haren surrendered (nine in all). The Angels got a home run out of Vernon Wells, a rope that stayed up in the left field corner. The team's experiment with Peter Bourjos at leadoff did not go so well, as he struck out twice and only reached base once, on a walk. That's not part of the new, Jerry Dipoto Angels plan that emphasizes OBP.

Kevin Jepsen continued to disappoint, giving up a leadoff home run to Paul Janish in the eighth. Janish hit .214/.259/.262 in limited service last year, which is to say, the league pretty much showed he has nothing to make most competent pitchers fear for their paychecks. However, that adjective does not describe Jepsen, whom I view lately as release-bait. If he makes the team, it will be only as a short-term stopgap until some other roster move eventually forces his expulsion.

Jason Isringhausen posted a zero frame while failing to impress (i.e., I saw few if any swing-and-misses). It's the sort of meretricious thing you expect could land him a spot on the team, especially if the word "veteran" features as a net positive in the eye of the man doing the choosing. I hope and trust that after Vernon Wells, this is no longer the case in the Angels front office.

Finally, a few words about the new(ish) Goodyear ballpark:

Overall I give this a B-. Don't hate it, don't love it, but I would take it in a heartbeat over Camelback, which I loathe.

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