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: Carlos Pena. Pena didn’t need the help of a short-porch with his no-doubt 3-run home run in the first. And it is always a good sign when Pena homers in consecutive games. Hopefully this is a good sign that he is about to go on a tear.
THE BAD: David Price. Not a good outing for Price in his first appearance since starting the All-Star game. He gave up 7 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks. He struck out only 3. And it wasn’t a case of a tight strikezone as Price at times was missing the target by a wide margin….GTMI Fail. The Rays had baserunners in every inning, but failed to score in 6 frames. This included the 3rd inning when the Rays had the bases loaded and only 1 out. Sean Rodriguez popped up a 2-0 pitch and BJ Upton flied out to left…Wild Pitches. Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch for the second consecutive game, this time taking one off the top of his foot.
THE TELLING: Carl Crawford DH’d for the third time in 5 games…According to PECOTA, the Rays have a 78.3% chance of making the playoffs. The Red Sox are only 27.7%.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 55-36, 3 games behind the Yankees and 3.5 games in front of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 91 games in 2008, the Rays were also 55-36.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- David Price comments after his first post-All-Star outing (Video). [The Heater]
- Marc Topkin writes that the Rays are not likely to add an impact hitter before the trade deadline. [St. Pete Times]
- Jerry Crasnick reports that before the Braves traded Yunel Escobar to the Blue Jays, the Braves had serious talks with the Rays. He also states that Reid Brignac was part of the discussion. [Twitter, Twitter]
- Several Rays will make an appearance with Michelle Obama on Tuesday in Baltimore in a campaign to fight childhood obesity. [MLB]
- Minor League Ball sees BJ Upton’s poor numbers and wonders “why?” [Minor League Ball]
- Kanes Furniture is making the Rays free pizza giveaway an unpleasant experience. [SBN Tampa Bay]
- Joe updates us on Gerald McCoy’s contract negotiations. [JoeBucsFan]
- Leslie Monteiro wonders why Reid Brignac hasn’t been getting more playing time. [Baseball Digest]
- Even with Andy Pettitte sidelined for several weeks, the Yankees will not trade for a pitcher. [ESPN]
- Scott Kazmir was placed on the DL. [LA Times]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Carlos Hernandez allowed 4 runs in just 5 innings. He struck out 4 and walked 3…Desmond Jennings (2006-10) went 0-5 with a strikeout…Dan Johnson hit his 25th home run and Chris Richard added his 11th…Dioner Navarro went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts…Fernando Perez (2004-7) was 3-4 with his 20th steal.
- MONTGOMERY: Alex Torres improved to 9-3 with 7.2 innings. He allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 7. His ERA is now 2.96…Cody Cipriano (2007-9) went 3-4 with his 4th home run. He is hitting .271…John Matulia (2005-10) added his 6th home run…Leslie Anderson went 0-3 with a walk.
- CHARLOTTE: Chris Andujar allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 4 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 3…Tim Beckham (2009-1) was 0-4.
- BOWLING GREEN: Albert Suarez lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up 4 unearned runs on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out none…Gabe Cohen (2009-29) was 3-4 and is hitting .282.
- HUDSON VALLEY: Miguel Sierra gave up 4 runs (all unearned) in 3 innings…Derek Dietrich (2010-2) was 2-5 with an RBI.
- PRINCETON: Enny Romero struck out 6 and gave up just 1 run in 6 innings, but took the loss.