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: Desmond Jennings. Two more hits for Flash, who is now 6-11 and has been on base 11 times in 3 games…Ben Zobrist. Zorilla continues to quietly have a stellar season. A home run and two doubles last night and Zobrist is hitting .276 with 12 home runs, a league-leading 33 doubles, and an outstanding .380 wOBA…Evan Longoria. Dirtbag continues to display a newfound level of patience, walking a career-high 4 times.
THE BAD: The Bullpen. When Jeremy Hellickson left the game in the 6th inning, the Rays were leading 5-2. Three innings later, four relievers combined to give up 5 runs (1 charged to Hellboy) on 6 hits and 3 walks. They did not strike out a batter. The worst might have been JP Howell, who retired the first 2 batters he faced, but then allowed 2 hits and walked a batter. All three of those runners would score and his ERA is now 9.17.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 7.5 games behind the Yankees in the Wild Card standings…Dirk Hayhurst had an MRI yesterday. No word yet on the results.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Adam Russell cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Durham. [The Heater]
- BJ Upton may be the consolation prize in the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes. [Sporting News]
- The Rays are about to set a record for consecutive starts by pitchers under the age of 30. [TBO.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Toledo 6, DURHAM 2: Brian Baker gave up 6 runs in 4.1 innings…LF JJ Furmaniak hit his 4th home run and went 2-4.
- MONTGOMERY: (no games scheduled)
- Brevard County 8, CHARLOTTE 7: Alex Koronis gave up 5 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings…SS Hak-Ju Lee with another multi-hit game. This time he was 2-5 with his 25th stolen base…C Mark Thomas hit his 10th home run.
- BOWLING GREEN 4, Peoria 3: George Jensen gave up 1 run in 6 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 2…DH Keith Castillo went 3-4 with his 2nd home run.
- HUDSON VALLEY 2, Mahoning Valley 0:
- PRINCETON @ Bluefield: (postponed)