Rays 7, Indians 0
Red Sox 3, Rays 0 (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: Jeremy Hellickson. We have always hated the excuse, “one bad pitch.” Usually that means the pitcher failed at the most crucial moment. But outside of Hellboy’s one bad pitch, he was brilliant last night. After a 1-out single in the first that was erased by a double-play, Hellickson retired 16 of the next 17 batters and didn’t give up his 2nd hit until the 7th. We’ll take that against the Sox anytime…Reid Brignac. One hit. One stinking hit, and that came from the #9 hitter. The top 8 hitters in the lineup were 0-25 with no walks. The Rays only hit in the game was a 2-out infield single by Briggy Baseball in the 3rd inning.

THE BAD: Kevin Youkilis. 3-run home run. No hit-by-pitches. The end.

THE TELLING: Brian Anderson was very candid during the game in recalling a time when he was told to hit a batter on purpose. Here is the boxscore from the game. Anderson didn’t say it was the only time he beaned a hitter. Just the only time he was told to hit a batter (it was his second season). Hope he can’t be suspended retroactively.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Casey Kotchman takes the high road, believes Kevin Youkilis didn’t spike him on purpose. [The Heater]
  • Bullpen coach Bobby Ramos missed his fourth straight game with an undetermined illness. [TampaBay.com]
  • Gary Shelton writes about all of the good that was seen in Jeremy Hellickson last night. [TampaBay.com]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • DURHAM: (no games scheduled)
  • MONTGOMERY 5, Mobile 3: Nick Barnese allowed 3 runs (1 earned) in 6.1 innings. He only struck out 2 while walking 4…Matt Bush struck out 2 of the 7 batters he faced in 1.2 innings…SS Tim Beckham doubled for his only hit in 4 at bats…CF John Shelby hit his 8th home run, a solo shot.
  • CHARLOTTE 5, Bradenton 4: Kyle Lobstein gave up 3 runs in 5 innings, 2 on a home run. He struck out 1…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 3-5 to raise his average to .353. He also stole 2 bases and has 20 steals this season…The Stone Crabs stole 8 bases.
  • BOWLING GREEN 1, West Michigan 0: Braulio Lara tossed 6 shutout innings, striking out 7 and walking just 2…The Hot Rods managed just 3 hits, but LF Cody Rogers doubled to lead off the 4th and would later score on a sac fly by 1B Todd Wunderlich for the only run of the game.


Jeremy Hellickson (via TampaBay.com)

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12 Comments

  1. Blake says:

    Lee can’t continue on this tear and remain in Charlotte all season. It just doesn’t make any sense to. Something will have to give between him and Becks sometime soon. I imagine it will be at the end of the first half of the season. Maybe both get promoted. Maybe Lee joins Becks and we see Becks move positions (or both rotate and multiple positions). Either way, it doesn’t make sense to me to hold Lee back much (if any) longer.

    • phil says:

      Blake – You are right Lee is dominating and should be moved up. The question is do they want to move Beckham up to AAA. I know the rays are a very patient organization…but they need more offense from the ss postion and both these guys are hitting well.

      • Drew says:

        There is no way either of them see any significant PT in the majors this year. A move of Beckham to AAA and Lee to AA seems more realistic. Hopefully S-Rod or Brignac can just start hitting .250

    • Derek says:

      Why promote either guy? Let them stay where they are and enjoy the success they are having. Both are still a little sloppy in the field, so now that they aren’t worrying about their bats, they can work on their fielding. They don’t need to be promoted to iron out their defense, and Beckham isn’t hitting well enough to be promoted anyways.

  2. Sarah says:

    Thank goodness for Reid Brignac. I don’t think I could stand the humiliation of being no-hit by the Red Sox.

    Clearly Beckett was on his game last night. But thinking of this, and the number of times the Rays have been no- or one-hit over the last few years I wonder whether there are strategies teams can use to try to scratch something out against a pitcher who leaves you few opportunities. Try to bunt for a hit? Choke up and just try to make contact? Perhaps the Rays have been doing these things but not succeeding anyway? I’m just a fan, I’ve never played the game, so I’m curious whether there are ways to adjust to top flight pitching other than just waiting for the pitcher to make a mistake.

    • Tone says:

      Like you, I am just a fan. I have played little league, but that amounts to nothing. My uneducated guess about the Rays struggles offensively; I think it boils down to the quality and type of hitters they have throughout the line-up mixed with the organizational strategy. The game was good and I am just happy they held their own. They really have shined on defense in these two games and I find that encouraging. DP machines.

    • Drew says:

      When a pitcher is dealing, what usually happens is the batters talk to each other about each AB they had so everyone can be “ready” for a backdoor cutter with 2 strikes (for example). This way they can get an idea of which pitches he is going to in what counts, if that at all varies from the scouting report. The other thing to do would be to hunt a first pitch breaking ball or a fastball in (for example), and possibly sit on one pitch until you get two strikes, then choke up. Early in the count, bunting is also an option, or a slash once someone has already shown bunt.

    • Alex says:

      That wouldn’t have been a no hitter. I can stand being no hit. That would of been a perfect game. That would of been embarrassing.

      On another note, Corey Wade now has 3 perfect innings pitched for the yankees with three strike outs. And we still have Cesar Ramos who, yep still sucks.

      • Sarah says:

        I find the Corey Wade thing hard to explain. He had a 1.23 ERA — did they really think he wasn’t better than some of the guys they are keeping around? If he ends up shining for the Yankees, it will be harder for us to smirk about their expensive fail with Soriano.

  3. Don says:

    Is it too frequently possible for 9 Rays to stink on the same night…
    Of course you have to swing 1st..to hit a ball….a fact overlooked too often on our “wait for your pitch” offense we have….
    Thanks Sheldon

  4. Derek says:

    It’s fun having three aces.

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