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: Jeremy Hellickson. In his last 5 starts, Hellboy has allowed just 5 runs in 33 innings (1.36 ERA)…John Jaso. JJ Dyn-O-Mite’s 2-run home run was his 3rd of the year and put the game out of reach…Evan Longoria. Two more hits, two walks and it might be safe to say that Longoria is out of his funk…BJ Upton. Three walks and his 10th stolen base.
THE BAD: Casey Kotchman. Kotchman sprained an ankle sliding into second base. He was pulled from the game and is day-to-day. Look for Felipe Lopez to start at first base today. Yay.
THE TELLING: Evan Longoria led off for the second straight day.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Here is the official statement from the Rays on Avril Lavigne’s profanity incident. [The Heater]
- Joe Maddon was undecided on whether Evan Longoria would lead off today…[TampaBay.com]
- If you are curious who the Rays might draft, here are some names to consider. [Rays Prospects]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 7, Toledo 4 (7): Edgar Gonzalez was touched for 4 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings…CF Desmond Jenningswas 1-4 with an RBI…DH Jose Lobaton went 2-4 with a 3-run home run, his fifth…LF Leslie Anderson had 3 singles in 4 at bats with 2 RBI.
- Toledo 2, DURHAM 1 (7): Newly acquired Jay Buente allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 6 innings…RF Desmond Jennings was 0-3 with 2 Ks as the Bulls managed just 2 hits.
- MONTGOMERY 4, Jacksonville 3: Shane Dyer allowed 3 runs in 6 innings…SS Tim Beckham went 0-4 with a strikeout.
- Tampa 5, CHARLOTTE 3 (10): The Stone Crabs tied it in the 9th on a SS Matt Hall2-out RBI single. But Scott Shuman gave up a 2-run home run in the 10th…Kyle Lobstein struck out 5 in 7 innings, giving up 2 runs…DH Hak-Ju Leewas 0-5 with a strikeout.
- BOWLING GREEN 8, Lansing 4: George Jensen struck out 7 and walked none. The lone run he allowed came on a 7th inning home run…2B Hector Guevara was 3-4. His 4th inning grand slam was the difference…SS Derek Dietrich finished 1-4 with a walk and an RBI.