Optimism is easier when you have help. Or: A win in the west.

It’s easy to be optimistic today. Especially when your scoreboard looks like this:

The bats were on fire tonight. Just like the expected AL Central standings are upside down, the batting order decided to stand on its head, too. The bottom 3 guys were smokin’ out there. It was nice to see. Not that I can explain what lit the fire under the butts of Morel, Beckham and Rios, but I’ll take it. They went 6-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs and who would have thunk it? There was also some better-than-average defense, so that was a plus. (There was also some great defense by the Mariners… I’m still smarting a little from the home run that they stole from Pierzynski).

[Also, as a side note, I apologize to Mariners fans everywhere – and to the man himself – but I really can’t help but giggle and think of board games every time I hear Milton Bradley’s name.)

But, today’s chosen positivity comes from Gavin Floyd. Who I kind of love like Catherine (of “The Wizard of Ozzie“) loves Mark Buehrle, even though I want to shake him and tell him to just calm down and breathe a lot of the time when I watch him pitch.

He was, again, pretty rock solid – with the notable exception of the 2nd inning – and was really in a zone tonight. It was a pleasure to watch him work his stuff for the first game I was able to catch in a long time.

99 Strikes. Awesome.

The game today was MLB.tv’s free game of the day (which also meant I could listen to the Seattle feed – bonus!) and meant that I could catch the game at work. Which ain’t too shabby.

So, all in all: Watching a baseball game at work, watching the Sox grab a win, watching Gavin pitch a great game that was actually supported by the rest of the team, and some surprise action from 7, 8 and 9.

goldstar-award.jpgEdited to say: In fact, it was such a generally solid and cohesive outing all around that I am going to give everyone a gold star tonight. Go, team!

It was a good Saturday night.

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4 responses to “Optimism is easier when you have help. Or: A win in the west.

  1. robsanto

    Yesterday was only the 2nd day of the entire season that the Cubs and Sox have won on the same day. This fun fact did not surprise me at all. I’m just saying. Now let’s hope today is the 3rd day. :)
    ~Rob
    http://robsanto.mlblogs.com/

    • I just like a special cake, that’s it! I am happy to ceatrblee yet another year in this wonderful life….gifts, don’t need them…..I love celebrating with my family! Following you from the Friday hop, hope to see you soon!!~ Have a great weekend!

  2. raysrenegade

    Weird how that happens so much in baseball. The top of the order goes on a slump and the 7-9 hitters seem to fest on the opponent’s pitching. You want to blame the opposing pitching staff for their game plan when in reality something these things do go in weird cycles.
    But the fact the team is still getting it share of hitting is a good sign. Show that the chemistry for wins is there under the surface and an adjustment might be in order to bring it all back together.
    From the top of the order to the 9th guy, it is rare that everyone is on their game at the same time. When that happens, as fans it is a joy to sit back, relax and take in the incredible ride.

    Rays Renegade
    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  3. Catherine

    No one can love any player like I love Mark Buehrle :)
    Haha, just kidding. A shutout win always feels doubly good, so yay for Gavin. Maybe THIS will be the start of a streak.
    Catherine
    http://chisoxblog.mlblogs.com/

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