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: Dirtbag’s Bat. Evan Longoria’s 3-run home run in the 9th was icing. But it was his RBI single in the 8th that broke the 5-5 tie and opened the floodgates…Choppach. Hey, when he does manage to make contact, the ball will go far as evidenced by his big 2-run home run in the 2nd to start the scoring. But even that nice moment was fleeting as his passed ball in the 3rd was followed by a game-tying 2-run single.
THE BAD: Targeting Johnny. Damon was hit by a pitch twice yesterday. The second HBP caused a contusion. X-Rays were negative, but Damon is expected to miss a couple of games…Big Dub. Here are Wade Davis’ inning-by-inning pitch totals: 22,7,22,9,31. To make this even more interesting, let’s look at his inning-by-inning fastball velocity: 91.3, 89.5, 91.1, 89.1, 90.9. So his heater was 89 in the strong innings, and 91 in the innings he struggled. As is always the case with David, consistency is lacking.
THE TELLING: Prior to the series, if we were offered James Shields and David Price and 14 runs, we would have taken it in a heartbeat. Instead, it was a series loss..
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays announced the signing of 9 international children yesterday. Presumably to work in a sweatshop making Yankees caps for Bay Area children. [The Heater]
- One NL team official told Ken Davidoff that the Rays are “buying and selling.” [Newsday]
- Looks like Yankees fans are betting that Derek Jeter will get his 3,000th hit on Saturday against the Rays. [Business Insider]
- Rays Prospects speculates on which players will be part of the Rays annual mid-season minor league shuffle. [Rays Prospects]
- Amazingly, this might be the first time BJ Upton has appeared at Fail Blog. Who was pitching, Coco Crisp? [Fail Blog]
- Cool story about a fan that finally got a ball from Tom Foley after begging for 5 years. [TampaBay.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 11, Norfolk 5: Matt Torra made his first start for the Bulls since being acquired from the Diamondbacks. He gave up 3 runs in 5 innings on 4 Ks and no walks…CF Desmond Jennings was 1-4 with a walk…RF Brandon Guyer went 4-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and his 13th steal. He is now hitting .316…DH Robinson Chirinos had 3 hits including his 4th home run. His average is now up to .270.
- MONTGOMERY 3, Tennessee 1: Matt Moore flirted with another no-hitter, not giving up a hit until a solo home run with 2 outs in the 7th inning. Prior to that hit he had retired 18 in a row with 9 strikeouts. He finished with 10 Ks and just 1 walk and that single hit…Matt Bush picked up his 4th save with a scoreless 9th inning…SS Tim Beckham went 2-4 with a double…LF Stephen Vogt had 2 hits and 2 RBI, giving him 70 RBI in 80 games.
- Jupiter @ CHARLOTTE: (postponed)
- BOWLING GREEN 4, Lake County 2: Braulio Lara struck out 12 and walked just 1 in 6 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits…SS Derek Dietrich hit his 10th home run…CF Cody Rogers was 1-4 with his 21st steal.
- Tri-City 7, HUDSON VALLEY 3:
- Burlington 9, PRINCETON 4: RF Drew Vettleson had 2 doubles and a home run, his 2nd…LF Josh Sale went 0-5 with a K. He is hitting .157.
Nice shirt Johnny Damon (via TampaBay.com)