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: Wade Davis. If anybody needed a start against the Orioles, it was James Shields. If two pitchers needed a start against the O’s it was Shields and Davis. Big Dub tossed 8 innings giving up just 1 run on 7 hits and 1 walk. It was Davis’ longest outing since his shutout versus the Orioles last September…BJ Upton. His single in the 2nd moved John Jaso into scoring position prior to scoring the first run. And his walk in the 3rd loaded the bases just before the floadgates opened…Evan Longoria. 3 more hits and an RBI. He is now hitting .306.
THE BAD: Season-High. The win last night put the Rays 20 games over .500, matching their high-water mark of the season. Of course that means the Rays are just 24-24 in their last 48 games.
THE TELLING: Charlotte lost in 19 innings last night. Rocco Baldelli started at DH and struck out in all 4 plate appearances…Dan Wheeler took a line-drive off of his foot and is considered day-to-day…Matt Garza’s start tonight will be his first in 10 days…
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 56-36, 2.5 games behind the Yankees and 3.5 games in front of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 92 games in 2008, the Rays were 55-37.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joey Johnston wore a Rays jersey and cap into Replica Yankee Stadium and lived to write about it…While Johnston’s experience was mostly positive, we can promise you, he was not sitting in the bleachers. The results would have been different (thanks Andrea). [Tampa Tribune]
- Now we know why former Rays minor leaguer Jon Weber retired a few days ago. Yesterday, MLB gave Weber a 100-game suspension. [MLB]
- Tampa Sports History interviewed third base coach Tom Foley about playing in Tampa, coaching in St. Pete and everything in between. [Tampa Sports History]
- The Rays are still second in ESPN.com’s Power Rankings. [ESPN]
- But they are only 5th in the Fox Sports Power Rankings. [Fox Sports]
- Eliazer Suero was named the Appalachian League pitcher of the week. [Rays Prospects]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Jeremy Hellickson (2005-4) had one of his roughest outings of the year, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) in 3.1 innings. He struck out 6, but walked 5…Desmond Jennings (2006-10) went 1-3 with a walk…Justin Ruggiano hit his 11th home run and Dioner Navarro added his 2nd.
- MONTGOMERY: Alex Cobb (2006-4) gave up 4 runs in 5 innings on 7 hits and 2 walks. His ERA is now 2.99…Leslie Anderson went 1-3 with a double…Henry Wrigley (2005-14) was 2-2 with a walk…Matt Sweeney went 0-2 with 2 strikeouts.
- CHARLOTTE: Nick Barnese (2007-3) allowed 3 runs in 7 innings. He struck out 1 and walked none…Rocco Baldelli DH’d and went 0-4 with 4 Ks…Tim Beckham (2009-1) was 2-6 with a double and 3 walks. He is only hitting .231, but his OBP is up to .329. He also committed his 14th and 15th errors.
- BOWLING GREEN: Jason McEachern (2008-13) allowed 4 runs in 5.1 innings on 8 hits and 2 walks. His ERA is now 5.15…Cody Rogers (2009-7) hit his 6th home run in 11 games…Brett Nommensen (2009-8) went 3-4 with a walk and raised his average to .287.
- HUDSON VALLEY: (postponed)
- PRINCETON: Andrew Bellatti (2009-12) struck out 8 and allowed just 1 run on 4 hits and a walk in 6 innings.