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: David Price. Price rebounded from his poor outing last time out to by working into the 8th inning and giving up just 3 hits. His walk total (4) was a little high, but after giving up a 2-run home run in the 2nd, he retired 16 of the next 18 batters…Ben Zobrist. After getting only 2 hits in the first 11 innings of the series, the Rays strung together 3 consecutive hits in the 5th capped off by Zorilla’s 3-run home run. A home run that only came about after an official replay…Joaquin Benoit. After David Price walked the leadoff hitter in the 8th, Benoit came in strikeout 2 and kill the Indians last rally.
THE BAD: Leadoff Walks. David Price is young and someday he will learn that one thing he cannot do is walk the first batter of an inning. Twice yesterday he walked a leadoff batter. He has now walked a leadoff hitter 14 times this season and 5 times he has walked the first batter of the game. The first batter in this game walked and eventually scored the Indians first run.
THE TELLING: The victory was the Rays first in Cleveland since 2005.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 58-38, 3 games behind the Yankees and 4 games in front of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 96 games in 2008, the Rays were 57-39.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Rocco Baldelli talks about his comeback attempt (Video). [Bright House Sports]
- Matt Moore comes in at #2 in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet: He’d have to arm wrestle John Lamb for the title of the minors’ hottest pitcher…From June 1 to now, Moore leads the minors in strikeouts (74 in 55 2/3 innings). [Baseball America]
- Behind the Insider wall, but Buster Olney speculates that Lance Berkman could replace Carlos Pena next season. [ESPN]
- Pat Burrell may have such with the Rays, but at least he never nearly killed a teammate (that we know of). Well, that is exactly what happened last night, as a Burrell foul ball sent a teammate to the hospital. [MercuryNews]
- Marc Topkin calls the Rays upcoming 11-game homestand “arguably their most important ever,” and writes that the Rays need to improve their play at The Trop. [St. Pete Times]
- Several players offer their recollections of time spent with Lou Piniella. [St. Pete Times]
- For what it’s worth, Ted Lilly can block a trade to the Rays…Of course, that provision is part of a contract Lilly signed before the ’07 season when the Rays were still a craptastic franchise in the eyes of most. It is possible Lilly thinks differently now. Then again, we are not sure why the Rays would be interested. [MLB Trade Rumors]
- RaysRev has pics of Rafael Soriano’s beemer. [RaysRev]
- Pat Andriola argues that MLB teams should be allowed to trade draft picks, a move we think will be included in the next CBA. [Fangraphs]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Jeremy Hellickson (2005-4) struck out 9 in just 5.2 innings as he struggled with his pitch count (102). He allowed 1 run on 3 hits and 4 walks…Desmond Jennings (2006-10) was 0-5 with 2 strikeouts. He is hitting .284/.356/.402…Dan Johnson hit his IL-leading 28th home run. Nobody else has more than 21.
- MONTGOMERY: Alex Torres gave up 5 runs in 6 innings, striking out 4 and walking 1. His ERA is 3.24…Leslie Anderson was 3-4 and hit his 8th home run of the season in 60 games. He is hitting .311 in 39 games with the Biscuits.
- CHARLOTTE: (postponed)…
- BOWLING GREEN: Albert Suarez was pulled after just 2 innings having not allowed a run…Cody Rogers (2009-7) was 2-5.
- HUDSON VALLEY: Miguel Sierra allowed 3 runs in 5 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 1…Phil Wunderlich (2010-12) hit his 3rd home run.
- PRINCETON: Victor Mateo made his first start of the season giving up 2 unearned run in 3 innings…Kevin Kiermaier (2010-31) was 2-4 with a triple.