The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. As usual, feel free to leave your GBTs in the comments…
THE GOOD: Getaway Day. At one point last year on road getaway days (final game of a road series), the Rays were 5-17. Some wondered if the Rays were carousing a bit too much on the road and were having trouble getting up for the usually afternoon games (ok, mostly it was us that speculated). So what we loved about yesterday’s game were not just the 4 home runs and 9 runs scored, but that the Rays scored 8 runs and had 13 baserunners in the first 4 innings. We have a strong feeling that Joe Maddon had a little talking-to with the team about being ready to play on getaway day this year…3-Run Jacks. Home runs are fun. But 3-run jobs are special because it is not just the home run hitter. It shows the entire offense is contributing and getting on base. Yesterday it was Carlos Pena (who hit 3-run HRs on consecutive pitches Tue and Wed) and BJ Upton. Carl Crawford just missed his own 3-run home run when he got a little too much top spin on a ball that hit the fence…BJ Upton. Sure the 2 home runs were nice. But what we really loved was that the second home run was to the opposite field. Whenever somebody hits a home run in a game, it is not uncommon for that batter to get a little pull happy in subsequent at bats trying to hit another one. It’s natural. But BJ did a good job of staying determined to use the entire field, something that has been a point of emphasis with him this year.
THE BAD: Day Games. Don’t worry we got to watch the game. No, this is bad because it meant I had to watch “Glee” last night with Mrs. Professor. I don’t understand the appeal. Every time Sue and Will are in the same scene I want Sue to punch Will in the face so that he will cry. So, except for the punching part, it would be just like every other “Glee” scene that Will is in.
THE TELLING: Dioner Navarro and Pat Burrell each had a double. Surprisingly, that feat is not as rare as you might think. Last year, Fat and Bat had extra-base hits in the same game 5 times…The Rays only swept 2 road series last season (Yankees, Royals)…Jason Bartlett was given the day off…John Jaso is expected to start either Saturday or Monday.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 6-3, tied with the Blue Jays and a half-game ahead of the Yankees (5-3). The Red Sox are 1.5 back at 4-4. After 9 games in 2008 the Rays were 4-5.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Rays Rev has 10 things they would like to see in the Rays-Red Sox series. [RaysRev.com]
- Jorge Cantu broke a meaningless record. [SI.com]
- Martin Fennelly says the 6-3 start is good, but that the Rays are only 1-2 in “real games.” [Tampa Tribune]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out “The Rundown” from Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Heath Phillips allowed just 1 run on 4 hits and a walk in 7.2 innings. The one run was a solo home run in the 8th inning. He struck out 4…Bulls hitters struck out 15 times…Justin Ruggiano went 2-5 with the go-ahead 2-run double in the 10th…Fernando Perez was 1-3, but left the game in the 6th with an apparent injury…Hank Blalock still hasn’t played since opening day.
- MONTGOMERY: Alex Torres struck out 8 and only allowed 1 hit in 5 shutout innings. He walked 2…Jose Lobaton went 3-4 with a double and Matt Fields hit his 2nd home run.
- CHARLOTTE: Matt Moore struck out 7 and walked 3 in 5 innings. He gave up 3 hits and 2 runs…Matt Sweeney was 1-3 with a walk and Jake Jefferies was 2-4 as the DH.
- BOWLING GREEN: Kyle Spraker was 3-4, all singles.