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. King David didn’t pick up his franchise-record 15th win, but he did bring the nasty stuff. He was regularly hitting 96 and topped out at 98, all while painting corners. Of his 119 pitches, 83 were strikes.
THE BAD: Scott Who? The Tampa Bay Rays, making mediocre pitchers look like Greg Maddux since 1998. This time it was Scott Baker who came into the game with a 5.00 ERA. All he did was hold the Rays to no runs on 3 hits and 1 walk in 8 innings…Dan Johnson Is Not That Important. A normal bullpen has 7 guys. Last night, the Rays had 4 (Andy Sonnanstine is on the DL, Rafael Soriano and Joaquin Benoit were unavailable). Of the 4 available, one had an ERA close to 8.00 (Qualls), another had an ERA over 5.00 (Choate) and a third hadn’t pitched in 2 weeks (Cormier). The fourth was Dan Wheeler. A big league team is not going to win a lot of games with only those 4 arms in the bullpen. And they sure as hell aren’t winning a game that goes 13 innings. Any second-thoughts on demoting Jeremy Hellickson for Dan Johnson instead of a relief pitcher?…Trusting Cormier? If you knock on the Devil’s door long enough, eventually somebody is going to answer. Lance Cormier, who hadn’t pitched in 15 days, looked, well, well-rested in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings. But how many times was Maddon going to go back to that same well? With both Rafael Soriano and Joaquin Benoit unavailable and Cormier having thrown a 30-pitch bullpen session prior to the game, it seemed that the Rays’ fate was sealed once the game went into extra innings and Cormier eventually gave up the go-ahead run in his 4th inning of work.
THE TELLING: Happy 29th Birthday to Carl Crawford…Last night’s crowd was 19,172…The start of the game was delayed 16 minutes when lightning knocked out some of the lights.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 67-40, tied with the Yankees for first-place in the AL East and 6.5 games ahead of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 107 games in 2008, the Rays were 63-44.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Carlos Pena may be well enough to pinch-hit today but will have to play with pain the rest of the year. [Tampa Tribune]
- Wade Davis was named the AL Rookie of the Month. Rafael Soriano was named the “top delivery man” (whatever that means). [The Heater]
- Moonlight Graham takes a look at Pat Burrell’s resurgence. Is it the NL pitching? Or is it because he is playing left field again? Either way, his numbers (.282, 7HR, .372 OBP in 44 games) make us want to throw up. [Ghost of Moonlight Graham]
- Dave Scheiber writes about BJ Upton’s success. [FoxSportsFlorida]
- Not unexpected, but Adam Dunn was placed on waivers. No word yet on who claimed him, but there were 28 teams in front of the Rays, so it is highly doubtful he got that far. [MLB Trade Rumors]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- MONTGOMERY: Alex Torres gave up 2 runs in 5 innings, striking out 5 and walking just 1…Leslie Anderson did not play.
- CHARLOTTE: Shane Dyer (2008-6) picked up his 5th win with 10 Ks in 6 innings, giving up just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks. His ERA is 3.36…Rocco Baldelli (2000-1) went 2-4 with a double on “Rocco Baldelli Mustache Night…Tim Beckham (2008-1) had a double in 4 at bats.
- BOWLING GREEN: Jason Mceachern (2008-13) worked 7 inning, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks…Cody Rogers (2009-7) was 2-3 with a walk…Ty Morrison (2008-4) hit his 6th home run and also stole his 40th base.
- HUDSON VALLEY: In the first game, Miguel Sierra gave up just 2 runs in 4.1 innings, striking out 3 and walking 1…In the nightcap, Ken Kelly made his first start of the season, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) in 4 innings.
- PRINCETON: (no game scheduled)