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: James Shields. James Shields entered the season with 2 career shutouts. He now has 3 this season in just 15 starts. The Red Sox came in winners of 9 in a row, averaging more than 9 runs per game during that stretch. And yet Shields held the Sox to 5 hits. He did walk a tight-rope though. Three times in the first 5 innings, he let the leadoff batter reach base…Justin Ruggiano. Maybe it is just a hot streak, but let’s keep riding it. Last night it was a home run, his 3rd, and now he is hitting .372 and appears firmly entrenched as the starting left fielder.
THE BAD: Kevin Youkilis. With 1 out in the 9th, Youkilis tried to beat out an infield single. Only he strayed WAY inside the basepath and spiked the back of Casey Kotchman’s leg (WATCH IT HERE). It was absolutely on purpose. And absolutely dirty. Good thing is, James Shields knew it. And Youk has one coming.
THE TELLING: The offensive juggernaut that is the Red Sox, has now been shutout 6 times this season…Why did all of the Carl Crawford stories revolve around “boo him or cheer him?” Why did it have to be one or the other? Couldn’t we just root for the Rays to beat the Red Sox? We’ll cheer Crawford when he retires. In the meantime, we just want the Rays to win games…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Felipe Lopez cleared waivers and will
once again accept an assignment to triple-A. [Marc Topkin]
- Rays second-round pick Granden Goetzman did indeed sign yesterday, as expected. [MLB]
- Carl Crawford on the difference between the Rays and Red Sox: “it was like party central all the time [with the Rays].” [TampaBay.com]
- In his latest, and maybe last, rehab start, Scott Kazmir retired just 4 of the 13 batters he faced. [LA Times]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 1, Norfolk 0: Jeff Niemann made his final rehab start, tossing 5.1 shutout innings giving up 3 hits, walking 3 and striking out 4…Brandon Gomes struck out all 3 batters he faced…Jake McGee struck out 2 in his 1 inning of work…CF Desmond Jennings went 0-3 with a walk…RF Brandon Guyer went 0-2, but did steal his 11th base…LF Russ Canzler had 2 of the Bulls’ 3 hits.
- MONTGOMERY: (no games scheduled)
- CHARLOTTE 7, Bradenton 5: Merrill Kelly gave up 3 runs in 5.2 innings, striking out 2 and walking 2…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 0-3 with a walk and his 18th stolen base…2B Tyler Bortnickwas 2-2 with 2 walks including his 2nd home run. He also stole 3 bases, giving him 17 on the year.
- BOWLING GREEN 8, West Michigan 4: Victor Mateo went 6 innings, not allowing a run. He struck out 4 and walked 2…1B Todd Wunderlich went 3-4 with a walk and an RBI.
Carl Crawford (via TampaBay.com)
Joe Maddon+Raheem Morris=Bromance (via TampaBay.com)
Seems like a good day to post this for the first time in 2011