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: The National Anthem. Mike McCready performed the national anthem prior to the game. That was the only thing worth watching all night (VIDEO).
THE BAD: Andy Sonnanstine. We don’t think it is an exaggeration when we say the Rays probably have 15 pitchers in the organization that are better than Andy Sonnanstine right now. And yet, just so Joe Maddon could increase the Rays chances in the Red Sox series, he took away any chance of winning last night’s game by giving the ball to Sonny again.
THE TELLING: The Rays and Mariners did the dreaded color-on-color last night…Casey Kotchman is hoping to be back in the lineup today…The M’s had scored 7 runs in a game just 5 times prior to this series. They have now down it twice in 2 days…John Jaso started against the lefty yesterday.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Another ex-Rays player arrested for domestic assault. This time it is Dewon Brazelton. [The Heater]
- This made us giggle: Kelly Shoppach says he needs more playing time. And the always optimistic Joe Maddon on Shoppach: “his BPs have been great.” [TampaBay.com]
- Jim Donten took some pics at yesterday’s extended spring game. There was a Drew Vettleson sighting. [Rays Prospects]
- How about a little Joe Bucs Fan TV? All the cool kids are doing it. [Joe Bucs Fan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Pawtucket 6, DURHAM 3: Jay Buente dropped to 0-2 since being picked up off waivers. He struck out 5, and gave up 6 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings…CF Desmond Jennings was 2-5 with 2 Ks and RF Brandon Guyer went 1-4 with a double…3B Russ Canzler had 2 doubles and is now hitting .310…C Robinson Chririnos had 2 more hits, including a triple, and is now hitting .254.
- Jackson 5, MONTGOMERY 4 (11): Shane Dyer held Jackson to 1 run in 4.1 innings…Matt Bush faced 5 batters, struck out 4 and walked the other…SS Tim Beckham was 1-5 with a K. He also committed his 8th error…C Stephen Vogt went 0-5 and is now 5-38 in his last 10 games, dropping his average to .289.
- CHARLOTTE 10, Daytona 2: Jeff Niemann made his first rehab start for the Stone Crabs, facing the minimum in 4 innings, retiring 11 of the 12 batters he faced. He struck out 2…2B Tyler Bortnick went 4-5, all singles, and stole his 11th base…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 2-4 with his 15th stolen base…C Mark Thomas was 3-5 with his 4th home run and 2 doubles.
- Beloit 6, BOWLING GREEN 1: Braulio Lara gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in just 5 innings…SS Derek Dietrich doubled in 4 at bats. He is hitting .282.
Andy Sonnanstine (via TampaBay.com)