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: Twin Killings. With the bases loaded and only 1 out, Evan Longoria took a sharp grounder and instead of going home for the easy out, he went to second to barely get the lead runner and Reid Brignac turned under enormous pressure to get the second out at first. Might have been the most dramatic double-play we have ever see…Joaquin Benoit. We have said this before, but we can’t help but think that Benoit is to Mariano Rivera what Rafael Soriano is to John Wetteland what the 2010 Rays are to the 1996 Yankees. Go ahead, let Soriano get all the glory. Benoit will get all the big outs. And Benoit has the better chance of being back next year…Joe Maddon. With 2 outs in the 7th and the tying run on 2nd, Joe Maddon had Randy Choate intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera to put he tying run at 3rd base. JoeMa then went to Grant Balfour who got Brennan Boesch to strike out to end the inning. Sweet. Fancy. Moses!
THE BAD: The Offense: Two wins and it is easy to overlook the struggles of the offense. In 16 innings so far in this series, the Rays have 8 hits. Luckily one was a Matt Joyce grand slam and another was a Carlos Pena 2-run home run.
THE TELLING: Carl Crawford stole 3 bases and now has 399 for his career. Will ESPN break to Rays games each time CC gets on base until he steals #400?…Joe Maddon is now 388-388 as a manager, although we are not sure why that includes 29 games as the Angels interim manager and the 2 wins against the Marlins in ’06 when he was away at his wife’s graduation.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 63-36, 2 games behind the Yankees in the East and 5 games ahead of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 99 games in 2008, the Rays were 58-41.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- BJ Upton left the game in first after spraining his ankle. He will miss 2 or 3 games. [St. Pete Times]
- Evan Longoria talks about his game-ending double-play (Video). [The Heater]
- Matt Garza’s son was not very impressed with his dad’s no-hitter. [Bright House Sports]
- Not surprisingly, the Rays say they won’t limit their search to the Gateway area of Pinellas County as was offered by St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster. [Tampa Tribune]
- Some accuse the Rays of being stubborn when it comes to trades. But when the Nationals are asking for Matt Garza in return for free-agent-to-be Adam Dunn, we wouldn’t blame Andrew Friedman if he laughed out loud. [CBS Sports]
- Joe Henderson writes that the Rays follow Joe Maddon’s fearless style. [Tampa Tribune]
- Here are a bunch of fun tidbits from Matt Garza’s no-hitter. We are still not sure why we now know that a “Max” has never thrown a no-hitter, but whatever. [ESPN]
- Jim Leyland was ejected on Monday because the umpire thought Leyland intentionally spit a sunflower seed on him. [Beck’s Blog]
- 10 more great things about Matt Garza’s no-hitter. We’re a big fan of #8. [Rays Rev]
- Reflections on Matt Garza’s no-hitter. [Sports Casualties]
- Dick Vitale missed Matt Garza’s no-hittter because he is a “dummy.” [Twitter]
- Former Rays reliever Joe Nelson has been released by the Mariners. He was pitching in triple-A. [MLB Trade Rumors]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: (no games scheduled)
- MONTGOMERY: (no games scheduled)
- CHARLOTTE: Frank de los Santos improved to 8-6 after giving up just 1 run in 6 innings on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out 4…Tim Beckham went 2-5 with 3 strikeouts…Reid Fronk was 3-5 with a double and his 4th home run…Rocco Baldelli went 2-4 with 2 singles and an RBI.
- BOWLING GREEN: (no games scheduled)
- HUDSON VALLEY: (no games scheduled)
- PRINCETON: Eliazer Suero gave up 2 runs in 7 innings on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 5. Both runs came off of home runs. His ERA is 2.17…Todd Glaesmann (2009-3) was 2-4 with a double and an RBI. He also stole his 5th base.