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: Matt Garza. The Garza Complex threw the first no-hitter in franchise history. It took him 120 pitches (101 fastballs) and he faced the minimum 27 batters…Matt Joyce. Against his former team, Joyce broke up Max Scherzer’s no-hit bid with a grand slam with 2 outs in the 6th…The Catch. Every no-hitter has at least one great defensive play and Ben Zobrist delivered for Matt Garza with a great running and leaping grab in the 3rd inning. Of course only Zobrist makes that play look hard. BJ Upton would have gotten to that spot, eaten a sandwich and still would have been waiting for the ball to come down.
THE BAD: Broken Bats. For the 5th time this season (or is it 6?) the Rays failed to get a hit in the first 5 innings of a game. A while back we joked that the over/under for that stat would be 8.5. Now we wouldn’t be surprised if the Rays hit the over…Easy on the Umps. Sure, the play had no influence on the outcome, but at the time, there was plenty of criticism for the missed call on BJ Upton’s stolen base that led to Jim Leyland’s ejection. That is an easy call in slow-motion and the entire play in one frame. But one of the most difficult calls for an umpire to make is a tag play in which the tag is away from the bag. The ump can’t see both the tag and the bag, and there is no sound to listen for like there is at first base.
THE TELLING: The pitch Matt Joyce hit for a grand slam was Max Scherzer’s 104th of the game so it was unlikely he would have lasted much longer and it is hard to believe the Tigers would have let him go 9…The 120 pitches for Matt Garza matched his career-high. It was the 5th time he has thrown 120 pitches…Of the Rays 98 games this season, 3 have been no-hitters…The Rays are the first team since 1991 to throw a no-hitter and be no-hit in the same season (White Sox)…This was the second no-hitter at the Trop in the last 11 games. And the Rays are just the 3rd team to be involved in 3 no-hitters in one season.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 60-38, 3 games behind the Yankees and 5 games in front of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 98 games in 2008, the Rays were 58-40.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Matt Garza talks about his no-hitter (Video). [The Heater]
- John Romano writes about Matt Garza’s magical night. [St. Pete Times]
- Joe Henderson writes about the night the stars aligned for Matt Garza. [Tampa Tribune]
- Matt Moore was named the FSL pitcher of the week. [Rays Prospects]
- A pest control worker was arrested for stealing a Rays AL Championship ring. [St. Pete Times]
- Matt Sweeney who came over in the Scott Kazmir deal last year, is nursing a sore elbow. [Montgomery Advertiser]
- Draft America interviewed Josh Sale’s (Rays first-round pick this year) high school coach. [Draft America]
- Rays still second in the latest Power Rankings at ESPN. [ESPN]
- Edwin Jackson could be on the move again. [MLB Trade Rumors]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Virgil Vasquez improved to 5-1 since returning from two broken wrists. He gave up just 1 run in 7 innings on 4 hits and 2 walks…Dan Johnson hit a 3-run home run, his league-leading 29th…Fernando Perez (2004-7) and Joe Dillon also homered…Omar Luna was 4-5 with 2 doubles.
- MONTGOMERY: Heath Rollins made just his 2nd start since being demoted and gave up 3 runs in 3.2 innings…Leslie Anderson hit his 6th home run, a 3-run shot…Henry Wrigley (2005-14) was 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
- CHARLOTTE: (no game scheduled)
- BOWLING GREEN: Kirby Yates gave up 5 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings including 2 home runs…Cody Rogers (2009-7) was 0-4 and is now hitting just .288.
- HUDSON VALLEY: Nate Garcia (2010-16) allowed just 1 run in 3 innings, striking out 4 and walking 1…Robby Price (2010-13) was 2-5 with a triple to extend his hitting streak to 13. He is hitting .319.
- PRINCETON: Braulio Lara gave up 4 runs in 4 innings, but only 1 was earned. His ERA is 2.83…Kevin Keirmaier (2010-31) had his 3rd straight multi-hit game, going 2-4 and raising his average to .263.