The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
THE GOOD: Run Prevention. Much has been made about the Red Sox newfound emphasis on defense and run prevention. It was not on display last night. Jeremy Hermida misplayed a flyball in left and earlier, Adrian Beltre lost a groundball in the lights that scored Carl Crawford from second…Running Wild. Even with Victor Martinez getting his first day off, the Rays stole 4 bases off of Jason Varitek…Randy Choate. Had to love Joe Maddon’s move to bring Choate in for just one left-handed batter. Not saying he should never face another righty, but Choate needed a positive outing on the mound and he got it by getting JD Drew to ground out to lead off the 8th.
THE BAD: Wade Davis. It is hard to complain about Big Dub allowing just 2 hits and a run, but Davis was lucky. Of his 104 pitches, 58 were strikes and 46 were out of the strikezone. He walked 4 and had to be pulled after 5 innings.
THE TELLING: The game was suspended in the middle of the 9th inning. It will be resumed tonight at 7:00, prior to the originally scheduled game…This was the first suspended regular season game in Rays history…Weather may actually be worse tonight…The Red Sox were essentially playing with just 1 bench player with both Dustin Pedroia Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron unavailable…The only difference right now between David Ortiz and Pat Burrell is that Rays fans don’t expect anything from Burrell.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 6-3, one-half game behind the Yankees and tied with the Blue Jays. After 9 games in 2008 the Rays were 4-5.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- MLB has told Joe Maddon that he is no longer allowed to wear his cold weather hoodie (as seen above). [The Heater]
- Mitch Talbot picked up his first career win with the Indians. And it was a complete game…This is why minor league options and the Rule 5 draft exist. If Talbot was still in the Rays organization he would be in the minors without much hope for being promoted this season. Also, Talbot’s success, along with that of Edwin Jackson and Jason Hammel will help the Rays in the long run as it will increase the value of Rays pitching prospects in the eyes of other teams. [Dayton Daily News]
- Catcher Jose Lobaton has been promoted to triple-A. [Biscuit Crumbs]
- Tom Verducci writes that the pressure is on Pat Burrell to start producing. [SI.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out “The Rundown” from Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: The Bulls scored 14 runs and had 20 hits…Dan Johnson hit his 4th home run, a 3-run shot…Joe Dillon and Ryan Shealy each hit their first home runs of the year…Fernando Perez went 2-6 with 2 RBI and his 3rd stolen base…Hank Blalock went 3-5 and has 5 hits in the last 2 games.
- MONTGOMERY: Jake McGee started and gave up 5 runs in 4.1 innings on 4 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 3…Matt Fields was 2-4.
- CHARLOTTE: Joe Cruz struck out 6 and walked 2 in 6 innings. He gave up 1 run…Tim Beckham went 0-4 and committed his first error…Matt Sweeney was 1-4 with 3 Ks.
- BOWLING GREEN: Wilking Rodriguez struck out 9 and walked 2 in 6 innings. He allowed 1 run…Mark Thomas was 3-6 with 2 RBI and is 10-24 (.417) to start the year.