The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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THE GOOD: Sam Fuld. This little sparkplug is becoming quite the fun player to watch. And nothing will be more fun than his diving catch in the 4th inning in the right field corner that ended the inning and saved at least 3 runs and possibly prevented an inside-the-park grand slam. You can see the catch HEREWade Davis. Big Dub was his typical self. He was solid if not overpowering, and kept the Rays in the game giving up 2 runs in 6 innings.

THE BAD: Jake McGee. Another rough outing for McGee who right now looks like the one weak link in the bullpen. Yesterday he faced 4 batters, walking 2 and giving up the 2-run double in the 7th that essentially ended the game.

THE TELLING: Felipe Lopez hit a solo home run in the 9th inning and flipped his bat towards the mound. This led to some angry words from AJ Pierzynski. Lopez says it was unintentional and Joe Maddon said “that’s not something you really like to see.”

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Manny Ramirez told ESPN that he is “at ease” with his retirement. [TBO.com]
  • Marc Topkin points out those that really have to pay the price for Manny Ramirez’ idiocy. [TampaBay.com]
  • The Chicago Tribunespoke with Chris Archer about the trade that sent him from the Cubs to the Rays. [ChicagoTribune]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • DURHAM 2, Gwinnett 1: Alex Cobb struck out 7 and walked 2 in his 2011 debut, giving up 1 run in 5 innings. Desmond Jennings had a single and his first home run. He added a walk. Jose Lobaton started at catcher and picked up a double and a walk. Brandon Gomes picked up the save, retiring all 4 batters he faced, striking out 2.
  • Birmingham 6, MONTGOMERY 4: Joe Cruz struck out 6 in 4 innings, but gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks including a 2-run HR. Tim Beckham was 1-5 with a single.
  • CHARLOTTE 14, Bradenton 1Chris Andujar struck out 7 and walked 3 in 4.2 innings, giving up 1 run. Tony Scelfo had 3 hits including his first home run and drove in 3.
  • Dayton 5, BOWLING GREEN 4: Braulio Lara gave up 2 runs in 3 innings, but walked 4 and gave up 4 hits. Derek Dietrich went 0-2 but was pulled for a pinchrunner in the 4th. No word yet on why. Cody Rogers was 0-5 but stole 2 bases.

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15 Comments

  1. Beth says:

    I didn’t see the 9th inning — for those of you who did, could you tell whether Lopez was actually throwing his bat at the pitcher? I don’t see how the bat “accidentally” ends up on the mound if you are just flipping it out of your hand as you normally would (and if that’s indeed the case, perhaps Lopez should be competing in the javelin throw). But why on earth would you throw your bat at the pitcher after hitting a home run, even if the earlier pitch had been a bit close? If this guy responds to inside pitches with that sort of reaction, he will not have a long career.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Here is the video. (click “video” at top and then it is the third video down on the right)

      It reminded me of when guys flip the bat forward into foul territory towards the dugout. Like, after the swing, there is almost a reverse swing in which the bat is tossed, but as i said, it is usually into foul territory. Not sure if that is something Lopez usually does, and if maybe his aim was just a little rusty. If these two had a history, then I would think it was intentional, but there doesn’t seem to be anything in their past.

      • Beth says:

        That looked completely accidental to me based on that video. Lopez was busy following the ball’s trajectory and seemed completely unaware of where the bat was going. Leave it to AJ Pierzynski to make a fuss. He probably assumed the worst of Lopez because throwing a bat at a pitcher would be a key part of his repertoire of obnoxious behavior.

        • Alex says:

          It was obviously intentional. If you know Felipe Lopez and you saw the beginning of the ab you’d know that. He obviously threw it with some force towards the mound

          • Scot says:

            You are correct, I don’t know Lopez. Just curious about how you know him so well? Met him at a bar? Maybe at a book reading or concert? What is he like?

    • Derek says:

      He was once a starter and is now a AAA player. His career is pretty much over now.

  2. Kelley says:

    To me, it totally did not look intentional, just kind of a weird thing with his arm. Plus, it appeared that Lopez was the one to say something first when he crossed home plate, like maybe apologizing for where the bat landed and saying he didn’t mean to do that, and then the argument seemed to start. But that was just my impression since I couldn’t hear what they said.

  3. Matt says:

    I think Maddon needs to stop putting in Mcgee in big situations. He doesn’t look big-league ready. I know they don’t have any other lefties besides Ramos, but don’t pitch him in key situations when he isn’t ready to handle them.

    • Derek says:

      “Ready to handle them.” He is an ex starter, he has pitched in ever situation there is. Let him figure it out on his own.

    • Alex says:

      1. He should of been taken out when the bases got loaded. He had obviously lost it by then. He was aiming pitches for those two batters and maddon just sat there smiling.

      2. He’s a rookie with limited experience. He showed last year after what 1 batter that he can pitch in the majors.

      3. His confidence is just down right now. He’ll be fine if he can string a few scoreless innings together. Hickey and the guys in the pen just need to remind him that he’s a reliever and he doesn’t have to conserve himself.

      • Scot says:

        Wow Alex! You appear to be an expert. Just curious, how long have you served as a manager, coach, scout, etc? You OBVIOUSLY know what your are talking about. I look forward to more of your astute comments and inside information.

  4. Jeremy says:

    “his career is pretty much over now” …… He used to be a starter, with bigger hype than Wade Davis, then blew out his arm (Tommy John surgery) but up awesome numbers last year in Durham (and down the stretch for the Rays).

    He is a 24 year old Lefty and his career is just getting started …..

  5. Scot says:

    On a positive note, I’ve seen a number of great catches, but that Fuld’s was incredible. He appeared completely airborne for quite a while. On the scale of great catches, it ranks below Edmonds’s “The Catch”, but it is as good as anything I have seen from Crawford.

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