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: Willy Aybar. 2 hits and 3 runs driven in, including the go-ahead run in the 11th. It seems like it has been months since we mentioned Aybar’s name as having done anything, good or bad.
THE BAD: Matt Garza’s Rust. The Garza Complex was well-rested, having not pitched in 10 days, but the rust shown through. You can’t give up 7 runs to the Orioles. And you definitely can’t give up 4 home runs to a team that entered the game ranked 11th in the AL with just 72 HRs in 91 games…The Bullpen. At one point, after Willy Aybar’s RBI single in the 7th gave the Rays an 8-4 lead, the Rays had a 93.2% win expectancy. That is hard to screw up. Not only did Rafael Soriano pick up his first real blown save of the season, the Rays blew a second save opportunity in the 12th inning…Joe Maddon. Yes, Grant Balfour cruised through his first 2 innings, but why try and push a 3rd? Balfour hasn’t recorded more than 6 outs in a game since May of last year…Former Rays. Once again a former Ray came back to sting the Rays in the ankle. This time it was Julio Lugo with the walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th…Ben Zobrist. Zorilla will never be a great defender, but he is usually dependable. Usually. Last night he looked like the guy you stick in right field for a beer league softball game.
THE TELLING: Carl Crawford is day-to-day with a “testicular contusion.” Gulp. If you missed what happened, go here, gently.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 56-37, 2.5 games behind the Yankees and 3.5 games in front of the Red Sox. After 93 games in 2008, the Rays were 55-38.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Carl Crawford talks about his bruised manhood (Video). [The Heater]
- Former Rays manager Lou Piniella plans to retire at the end of the season. [The New York Times]
- Carl Crawford on Lou Piniella: “One of the best things
to ever happen to me was to play for Lou.” [Tampa Tribune]
- John Romano writes that his tenure in a Devil Rays uni might cost Lou Piniella a shot at the Hall of Fame. [St. Pete Times]
- This breakdown of Carlos Pena’s numbers might surprise you. [DRays Bay]
- According to Jon Morosi, the Rays are looking for upgrades at CF, RF, 1B or C. [Twitter]
- A high school student has laid out a fairly detailed plan that would bring the Rays to the Channelside area. [Tampa Bay Rays Downtown]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Richard de los Santos pitched 6 shutout innings, striking out 4 and allowing only 3 baserunners (2 singles, 1 double)…Desmond Jennings (2006-10) was 2-4 with 2 stolen bases. He is hitting .289 and has 25 steals…Dan Johnson was 2-3 with a walk to get his average to .300.
- MONTGOMERY: It is unclear why, but David Newmann (2007-4) was pulled after just 3 innings despite not allowing a run. He struck out 1 and walked 1…Leslie Anderson was 0-4 and is hitting .294…Henry Wrigley (2005-14) hit his 6th home run in just 20 games since being promoted. He has 18 home runs total this season.
- CHARLOTTE: Joe Cruz (2007-30) dropped to 7-6 after allowing 3 runs in 6.2 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 1. His ERA is now 3.36…Tony Scelfo (2008-8) had 1 of the Stone Crabs’ 6 hits, and the only extra-base hit, a double…Tim Beckham (2008-1) was 1-4 with his 17th and 18th stolen bases.
- BOWLING GREEN: (no game scheduled)
- HUDSON VALLEY: Devin Fuller (2009-6) gave up 2 runs in 6 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 1…Nick Schwaner (2010-30) had a double and hit his 4th home run. He is hitting .300 in 27 games.
- PRINCETON: Braulio Lara improved to 3-3 after holding Burlington to 1 run in 5 innings on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 2…Bryan Fogle (2010-32) was 2-4 with a double and an RBI…Todd Glaesmann (2009-3) had a walk and a 2-run single.