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. Longo continues to emerge from his funk as his 2-run double in the 6th made it interesting…BJ’s Blast. Upton’s home run in the 7th would have meant a lot more if not for Shields walking two batters to start the top half of the frame.
THE BAD: James the Lesser. James Shields is going to give up home runs. But he can’t give up a home run to Ryan Hanigan. And he definitely can’t give up a home run to Hanigan with 2 runners on base. But even worse than the 3-run home run was the back-to-back walks to start the 7th after the offense had pulled the Rays within 1 run. Shields absolutely has to shut the Reds down at that spot, but the walks led to a run and the game was over.
THE TELLING: Johnny Damon’s 6th inning single tied him with Ted Williams for 71st on the all-time hits list…Tim Beckham has been added to the US squad for the Futures Game at during the All-Star festivities. He will join Hak-Ju Lee and Matt Moore.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Well, this isn’t quite Josh Hamilton, but it is amazing that Sean Burroughs is even alive, much less back in baseball. [ESPN]
- Brian Price chatted with our brothers from another mother. [Joe Bucs Fan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 2, Charlotte 1: Dirk Hayhurst tossed 6 shutout innings on 1 hit, despite 4 walks and just 1 strikeout…Brandon Gomes picked up his 7th save by striking out 4 of the 6 batters he faced. He gave up 1 hit and hit a batter…2B Felipe Lopez hit his 3rd home run…CF Brandon Guyer had the Bulls other 2 hits, going 2-4…CF Desmond Jennings missed his 4th straight game…C Robinson Chirinos was 0-4 and DH Jose Lobaton went 0-2 with 2 walks.
- Mobile 9, MONTGOMERY 0: Jim Paduch was pounded for 9 runs (8 earned) in 7 innings.He allowed 3 home runs…The Biscuits managed just 4 hits…SS Tim Beckham was 0-4.
- CHARLOTTE 3, Jupiter 1: Alex Koronis allowed just 1 run in 6 innings. He struck out 4 and walked 2…Another multi-hit game for Hak-Ju Lee who went 2-5 with a triple…2B Tyler Bortnick was 1-4 and added his 20th steal.
- BOWLING GREEN 4, Great Lakes 3: George Jensen picked up his 8th win with 5 innings of 3-run ball. He struck out 1 and gave up 3 solo home runs…SS Derek Dietrich was 2-4 with a double and an RBI…CF Cody Rogers was 1-4 with a walk.
- HUDSON VALLEY 1, Brooklyn 0: RF Chris Winder’s solo home run in the 8th was the only scoring in the game…Jason McEachern struck out 10 and walked none in 5 shutout innings.
- PRINCETON 4, Danville 2 (gm 1): DH Justin O’Connor hit his 2nd home run…RF Drew Vettleson went 0-4.
- PRINCETON 2, Danville 1 (14, gm 2): SS Taylor Motter was 2-4 and scored on a wild Pitch in the 14th inning to give the P-Rays the win…LF Josh Sale was 1-5 with a walk.