Rays 7, Indians 0
Rays 5, Rangers 4 (click image for boxscore)

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: Evan Longoria. We guess it’s official. He’s baaack. After the Rangers took a 1-run lead in the top of the 8th, Longoria responded with a go-ahead 2-run home run that just cleared the wall. That proved to be game-winner. Dirtbag finished with 2 hits and a walk and has now been on base 12 times in the last 4 games including 5 walks…Alex Cobb. Cobb’s linescore could have been a lot worse. He survived a shaky first inning in which he faced a runner on first with no outs, and first-and-third with one out. And after 6.1 innings, he allowed just 2 runs despite giving up 4 hits and 4 walks. Still, not a bad effort against the Rangers in just his second big league start…Mashing Lefties. Matt Joyce hit his second home run off of a lefty in 2 weeks. Those are also the only two home runs he has ever hit off of a lefty.

THE BAD: Kelly Shoppach. Enough already. Whatever it is, it ain’t working with the Rays. Even against lefties, whom he is supposed to mash, Shopp is just 8-43 (.186) with 1 extra-base hit. And yes it was ruled a wild pitch, but when the go-ahead run scored in the 8th, the pitch didn’t even hit the dirt until it was past Shoppach’s glove. He just missed it. As a catcher, one of the most important rules is to assume the worst with runners on third. That’s why you will occasionally see a catcher go to his knees even on pitches that are caught. Shoppach just gave up. And if the Rays had lost, the wrath would have been great.

THE TELLING: Casey Kotchman did not play, but was available as a pinch-hitter…After today, the Rays will play the next 11 games on the road over the next 12 days, in four different cities.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Are Bucs fans in for more blackouts this season? [JoeBucsFan]
  • From the can’t-make-it-up department, Elijah Dukes was arrested again. [WTSP.com]
  • The Rays say they will stick to their “best player available” strategy in next week’s draft. [TampaBay.com]
  • Jeremy Hall, a pitching prospect, has retired after making 10 appearances between double-A and triple-A this season. [Claw Digest]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • DURHAM 4, Columbus 1: Brian Baker held Columbus to just 1 run on 2 hits and a walk in 7 innings. He struck out 6…1B Dan Johnson hit his first home run since being demoted, a 3-run shot that broke a 1-1 tie…3B Russ Canzler accounted for the other run with his sixth home run.
  • MONTGOMERY 6, Jackson 5: Matt Moore only struck out 6 in 6 innings, and walked 2. He gave up 1 run in 6 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.76…SS Tim Beckham was 0-5 with 2 Ks…C Stephen Vogt had 2 singles and is now hitting .308.
  • CHARLOTTE 7, Daytona 0: Alex Colome tossed 7 shutout innings, striking out 5 and walking 3…SS Hak-Ju Lee was just 1-5, but it was a triple to left field. Not an easy thing to do.
  • BOWLING GREEN 4, Wisconsin 3 (10): CJ Riefenshauser allowed just 2 runs (1 earned) in 6 innings despite 5 walks and 5 hits…SS Derek Dietrich went 2-4 with a triple. He is hitting .289.



Evan Longoria (via TampaBay.com)


David Price with Leigh Dittman

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8 Comments

  1. Don says:

    Does ANyone in their right mind think the Rays would have won this game IF: A. Sonn. Had been pitching, or if Longo would have been hitting 1st in the line up or if Joyce would have been sitting out because a tough left hander was pitching….just thinking.
    If SHopp is a better defensive catcher than Jaso I’LL kiss Maddons A S
    S plus he can’t hit nearly as good as Jaso…SO WHY Maddon ?

  2. Pinto says:

    Does Shoppach have a nickname? If not, I suggest “The Oversized Human Paperweight” since he is utterly useless both at the plate and behind it. It’s catchy…like Mike Hargrove’s “The Human Rain Delay” moniker…

  3. Tone says:

    That was a tense game. Shoppach needs to go, NOW. I am crossing my fingers for them to finally do what is right; but if he has to stay as Shields’ personal catcher, hopefully those are the only games he plays. Upton has not been endearing himself to me lately; not sure about the rest of you, but his constant need to throw the ball wild toward home when there is clearly no play is quite annoying.

  4. Dugan says:

    Shop’s futility at the plate and behind it underscores the biggest mistake made in the Friedman era: Drafting Tim beckham over Buster Posey!

  5. Don says:

    Upton hasn’t “endeared” himself to me for 3-4 years….but the powers to be are blind or stupid or both….but the “potential” is there…no worry!

  6. Jonathan says:

    Yeah Shoppach sucks, but Jaso isnt that much better to me.

  7. Jonathan says:

    Is Lobaton Ready?Hes doing pretty good with Durham.

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