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Emotionally draining series

Yesterday's game hurt. I'm not sure why it hurt so badly but it really annoyed me. From what I saw (couldn't watch the afternoon game), we played good defense and pitched well enough to win each game. Unfortunately, we let three decent pitchers look like Cy Young. The loss of Manny was huge. But our inability and/or unwillingness to play small ball also hurts when we're struggling so mightily. And we can expect more from a bunch of high priced veteran players such as Lugo, Crisp, and Drew (!!!!). I still feel very good about our chances to win the division, but we need to hit better if we have any hope of going deep in October.

I'm too frustrated right now to think of possible solutions and changes. At this point in the season, it seems that hoping for some renewed life in the bats is about all we can hope for.

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