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: Casey Kotchman. 4 more hits and he is now hitting .345. And he saved the biggest hits for the end. His 2-out single in the 9th tied the game. He then added an RBI-double in the 11th…Zorilla. Big night for Zobrist who had 4 hits, driving in 1…BJ Mays. If you haven’t seen the catch yet, you should click here. Upton, doing his best Willie Mays impersonation, saved David Price a run in the first inning…Justin Ruggiano. Not to be outdone, Ruggiano made his own run saving catch, robbing a home run over the left field wall. Of course, at Camden, that is like dunking on an 8-foot rim.
THE BAD: Joel Peralta. Another meltdown for Peralta who blew a 4-4 tie in the 8th when he gave up 2 singles and 2 walks, including one with the bases loaded. And it might have been much worse if Reid Brignac doesn’t make a nice stop on a hard hit groundball that might have taken a wicked hop…Evan Longoria. Hey, if you are going to be the leader of this team, and you come up with a runner on third and 1 out in the 9th inning needing 1 run to tie, you have got to do better than a popup to the pitcher’s mound.
THE TELLING: Matt Joyce was back in the lineup a day after being held out with a sore shoulder…Elliot Johnson has been activated from the DL And Felipe Lopezwas once again designated for assignment to make room.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Jeremy Hellickson has quite the fanclub back home. [MLB]
- Cowbell Clankers hands out their draft awards. And yes, the ‘stache needs to go. [Cowbell Clankers]
- We participated in a discussion on Rays attendance. [The Good Point]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Norfolk 5, DURHAM 4: Alex Torres gave up 5 runs in 5.2 innings…CF Desmond Jennings was 0-3 and was hit by a pitch…C Jose Lobaton hit his 7th home run and LF Chris Carter added his 10th…RF Brandon Guyer went 1-4 with 2 Ks. He now has 44 strikeouts with just 15 walks in 55 games.
- MONTGOMERY 5, Jacksonville 4: Chris Archer struck out 10 in 6 innings, but also walked 5 and gave up 2 runs…Matt Bush struck out 4 in 1.1 innings, but gave up 1 hit, 2 walks and threw 2 wild pitches, leading to 2 runs (1 earned)…SS Tim Beckham was 1-4 with a walk…DH Stephen Vogt singled 4 times in 5 at bats, driving in 2…3 B Daniel Mayora hit his 5th home run.
- CHARLOTTE 8, Palm Beach 2: Alex Colome allowed 2 runs in 6.1 innings, but was ejected after throwing behind a batter. The batter charged the mound, threw his bat at Colome, and both benches emptied…SS Hak-Ju Lee had a single and double and is hitting .356.
- BOWLING GREEN 4, Clinton 2: CJ Riefenhauser allowed 2 runs in 7 innings with 7 Ks and just 1 walk. He has now held the opposition to less than 3 runs in 8 of his last 10 starts…SS Derek Dietrich was 1-4 with a double and an RBI…Phil Wunderlichhit his 9th home tun, a 2-run shot in the 8th that broke a 2-2 tie.