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: Devil O’sian? With one out in the 8th with the potential tying run on second, Scott Moore broke for third despite a groundball being hit in front of him to Jason Bartlett. Bartlett got Moore at third killing the O’s last hope…Rafael Soriano. One day after his first real blown save of the season, Soriano came into the 9th of a 1-run game and mowed the O’s down 1-2-3…Randy Choate. After Shields left with the tying run on base in the 7th, Choate came in and battled Nick Markakis before getting him to hit into a inning-ending double-play…Evan Longoria. He started the scoring with his 14th home run and broke the tie in the 6th with a bases-loaded walk.
THE BAD: James Shields. “Big Game” (haha) James continues to struggle with the longball. This time it was a 2-run home run to yet another former Ray, Ty Wigginton. The blast cut the Rays lead to 2 and brought the O’s back in the game. Shields would eventually allow the O’s to tie it before being pulled after 6.1 innings.
THE TELLING: Carl Crawford was not in the lineup yesterday after CC hurt his PP…Randy Choate leads the AL with 49 appearances…Brian Shouse made his first appearance since re-signing with the Rays. He threw 2 shutout innings for high-A Charlotte.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 57-37, 2.5 games behind the Yankees and 4.5 games ahead of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. Nobody else is within 7 games in the Wild Card. After 94 games in 2008, the Rays were 55-39.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- James Shields talks about his performance yesterday (Video). [The Heater]
- Carl Crawford is still a little sore but vows not to wear a protective cup. [St. Pete Times]
- Yet another member of the Rays Dominican Summer League team has been suspended for 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy. [Yahoo! Sports]
- The Rays have donated money to support a group campaigning for a rail system to…wait for it…Hillsborough County…Now why would they want a rail in Tampa? [Shadow of the Stadium]
- Joe Lemire writes that the Rays don’t need a bat, but another bat could make the offense great. He wonders if the Rays are willing to part with the pieces necessary for such a deal. [SI.com]
- George Ofman wonders if Dave Martinez might be the next Cubs manager. [That’s All She Wrote]
- If you missed Todd Kalas’ post-game interview with Rafael Soriano, this is a must-read. [RaysRev.com]
- Jack Moore can’t figure out why the Phillies would trade Jayson Werth. [Fangraphs]
- Sports Casualties wonders why the Rays are giving Rocco Baldelli another shot when they have better options in-house…Simple. He is a buy-low investment. A minor league deal isn’t costing the Rays much money and maybe some of the natural ability shines through one more time. [Sports Casualties]
- Joe Maddon had some nice things to say about the Orioles roster. [The Baltimore Sun]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Virgil Vasquez gave up 6 runs in 5.2 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 4…Desmond Jennings (2006-10) had 2 singles in 6 at bats and stole his 26th base…Dan Johnson as 2-3 and hit his 26th home run…Dioner Navarro was 0-5 with a walk.
- MONTGOMERY: (no game scheduled)
- CHARLOTTE: Frank de los Santos allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 6 innings. He struck out 4 and walked none. His ERA is now 4.79…Brian Shouse pitched 2 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits. He struck out none and walked none…Tim Beckham (2008-1) was 1-4 with an error…Rocco Baldelli (2000-1) did not play.
- BOWLING GREEN: Kirby Yates allowed 8 runs in 4.2 innings. He gave up 3 home runs…Cody Rogers (2009-7) went 0-4 with a walk and 2 Ks.
- HUDSON VALLEY: (game suspended in the 2nd inning)
- PRINCETON: Eliazer Suero allowed 2 runs in 5 innings. He struck out 3 and walked none. His ERA is now 2.08…Scott Lawson (2010-29) hit his 2nd home run.