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: Stirrup Power! If you didn’t get to see yesterday’s game and if you missed our post last night, please go now. And if there is any doubt that the stirrups should become the norm, note that players that wore stirrups went 9-18 with a home run and those that did not went 3-16 with 6 Ks. Then again Amanda noted there was also an ejection and a demotion for those wearing the ‘rups…Joe Maddon. We love JoeMa, we really do. And we have never loved him as much as we loved him yesterday when he went out in the 7th inning to argue a balk called on Matt Garza. Knowing he is not allowed to argue balk calls, Maddon stood on the mound and went on a tirade directed at the umpire while looking at Garza. Garza had to do everything he could to keep from laughing. Pure Joe Maddon…Matt Garza. He overcame a shaky 2nd inning to pitch 8 strong inning to throw 8 strong innings. Outside of that 2nd inning, Garza allowed no runs and just 3 hits, retiring 19 of the last 21 batters he faced…Carlos Pena. Pena hit an opposite field home run which of course means the Rays offense will be fine for the next 5-10 games.
THE BAD: Playing with Fire. In the second inning it was the bases loaded with 1 out and in the third inning it was first and third with no outs. Both times the Rays failed to score and it looked like they were headed to yet another ugly loss.
THE TELLING: Carl Crawford left the game early with “shoulder soreness.” He is not expected to go on the DL, but will probably not be in the lineup tonight…Joe Maddon’s ejection was his 3rd of the season…Kelly Shoppach’s home run was his first with the Rays…BJ Upton and his brother Justin Upton will face each other for the first time as big leaguers tonight…Gabe Kapler will begin a 4-game rehab assignment tonight with Charlotte.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 43-29, 2 games behind the Yankees in the East and tied with the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 72 games in 2008, the Rays were 43-29.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Several of the Rays comment on how they struggled to keep a straight face when Joe Maddon came out to argue with Matt Garza about the balk call. [St. Pete Times]
- Michael Sasso looks at other cities that might want a big league team and what role they might play in the Rays quest for a new stadium. [Tampa Tribune]
- Marc Topkin spoke with Matt Joyce about his return to the big leagues. [The Heater]
- Here is a highly entertaining video of David Price who was recently mic’d up during a game. The money quote: “Do you know what Longo’s middle name is? ‘I’m so good,’ Evan I’m So Good Longoria.” [FSFlorida]
- The St. Pete Times examines whether or not the Rays are truly “the most affordable in all of professional sports.” [St. Pete Times]
- Sun Sports’ “Inside the Rays” episode featuring Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann on their fishing trip will air this Sunday at 4:30.
- Kelly Shoppach on his approach against Wade LeBlanc: “It’s a secret!” [SunSports]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Aneury Rodriguez gave up 2 runs in 5 innings. He struck out 4 and walked 3…The Bulls managed just 2 hits including an RBI single by Desmond Jennings.
- MONTGOMERY: Jeremy Hall got pounded for the second straight start. This time he allowed 6 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings on 5 hits and 3 walks. The big blow was a 3-run home run…Matt Fields 10th home run was 1 of just 4 hits for the Biscuits.
- CHARLOTTE: Joe Cruz took the loss despite working 8 innings. He allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and a walk. He struck out 4…Tim Beckham was 1-4 with a strikeout.
- BOWLING GREEN: (no games scheduled)
- HUDSON VALLEY: Julius Dettrich gave up 6 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings…Nick Schwaner was 2-5 with a double and a home run.
- PRINCETON: Braulio Lara made his first start, giving up 7 runs (4 earned) in 4.1 innings…Leonardo Reginatto went 2-5 with a double and his first stolen base.