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: Matt Joyce. In a game with 33 hits, the biggest came from a guy that wasn’t even in the starting lineup. Joyce’s 2-run double in the 8th erased a 1-run deficit and sparked the late-inning surge that saw the Rays score 7 times in the final 2 innings…Evan Longoria. The no-gloves trick continues to work. Two more home runs, a double and a single yesterday. Let’s just hope he doesn’t develop any blisters. Maybe he can pee on his hands just like Moises Alou, another no-glover, did in his career. And how did the umpires not see the fan hit the ball on Longoria’s flyball? Thank goodness for replay, as it was overturned and ruled a home run…BJ Upton. Upton has a swing built for Minute Maid Park. He would hit 40 home runs a season if he played for the Astros. This weekend, he homered in all 3 games.
THE BAD: Pitching. As good as the offense was, the pitching wasn’t nearly as bad. In the first 8 innings, the Rays had a single 1-2-3 innings (5th). Not including Kyle Farnsworth, Rays pitcher allowed 10 runs (9 earned) in 8 innings on 14 hits including 2 home runs. Amazingly, they didn’t walk a single batter…Jeff Niemann. Remember how good Niemann looked in his first start off the DL when he pitched 6 shutout innings? He gave back all that good feeling with his stinker on Sunday: 5 runs on 7 hits in just 3 innings. And of those 7 hits, 6 went for extra bases.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 9-3 against the National League…The Rays went 5-1 on this roadtrip and are now 44-34, 2 games behind the Yankees and 1.5 games behind the Red Sox…The Rays and Reds will be the ESPN game tonight. And of course, that means all sorts of commentary on how bad the attendance is and what the future of the team will be. Yay! *head hits desk*
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- ESPN.com’s excuse for using a 7-year old photo in story on Rays attendance: “we had a publishing deadline”…They do know this is the internet and not a newspaper, right? [WTSP]
- Buster Olney on Rays: “have sent signals that they’re open for business and prepared to take offers on their movable pieces — Kyle Farnsworth, B.J. Upton, etc. — according to rival talent evaluators.” [ESPN Insider]
- Joe Henderson says BJ Upton’s days with the Rays may be numbered. [TBO]
- Brandon Guyer’s wife won an Emmy. [Twitter]
- Here is a closer look at James Shields’ incredible run recently. [ESPN]
- Drew Vettleson talks about his first game as a professional baseball player. [Daily Telegraph]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 11, Scranton/WB 3: Lance Cormier made his 2nd straight start, and allowed 3 runs in 4.2 innings…CF Brandon Guyer was 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI. He also stole his 12th base…DH Robinson Chirinos was 0-2 with a walk…C Jose Lobaton had 2 doubles and drove in 3…2B Felipe Lopez had a 2-run home run, a double and 5 RBI total.
- MONTGOMERY 7, Jackson 0: Matt Moore made his first start since his no-hitter, a span of 10 days, tossing 5 shutout innings, striking out 4 and walking none…SS Tim Beckham did not play…2B Shawn O’Malley was 3-5 to raise his average to .287.
- CHARLOTTE 3, Fort Myers 1: Alex Colome allowed just 1 run in 6 innings, striking out 5 and walking 4…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 0-4…2B Tyler Bortnick went 1-4…3B Greg Sexton hit his 3rd home run, and C Mark Thomas added his 7th.
- Dayton 5, BOWLING GREEN 4:
- Staten Island 7, HUDSON VALLEY 2: Enny Romero struck out 7 in 5 innings. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk…CF Cody Rogers was 1-4 with a triple…SS Derek Dietrich was 0-4 and is hitting .271.
- PRINCETON 14, Pulaski 2: RF Drew Vettleson was 2-5 with a pair of RBI. He added a walk and his 4th steal…C Justin O’Connor was 1-3 with 2 walks…LF Josh Sale was 0-3 with 2 walks. He is now just 1-17 to start his career.