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: Bossman’s Blast. After just missing a home run in the 6th inning, Upton turned a 3-2 game into a 6-2 game with a no-doubt 3-run home run in the 7th. The home run ended an 0-18 slump…Joel Peralta. Subbing for Kyle Farnsworth, Peralta worked an easy 1-2-3 9th inning to preserve the 1-run lead…Unexpected O. Elliot Johnson and Sean Rodriguez entered the game hitting a combined .201, and yet the two went 6-8 with each picking up 3 hits and driving in 3 runs.
THE BAD: Farnsville Is Closed For Business. With the Rays up 6-5 in the 9th, Joe Maddon surprised everybody when he went with Joel Peralta and not Kyle Farnsworth. After all, Farnsville hadn’t pitched since Tuesday, so he should have been plenty rested. Turns out, Farnsworth has some “elbow tenderness.” Will this impact the Rays decision to pick up Farnsworth’s option for 2012? Farnsworth is not getting any younger…Giraffe’s Uncle Charlie. Jeff Niemann wasn’t bad. But considering how well he has pitched recently, this was sub-par. And right now, as Niemann’s curve goes, so does he. As has been his M.O. since the DL, Niemann was all curveballs (25 of them) and no sliders (well, 3 of them). But only 11 of his curves went for strikes (4 swinging).
THE TELLING: Casey Kotchman missed the game with flu-like symptoms…Kyle Farnsworth expects to be ready to pitch today.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Paul Hoynes wonders if the Indians are the team that made a claim on BJ Upton. [Cleveland.com]
- Roger Mooney writes about the success of the Rays rotation. [TBO.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 3, Charlotte 2: Chris Archer continues to struggle with his control walking 5 batters in 6 innings in his triple-A debut. But he struck out 6 and gave up just 3 hits and 1 run…SS Tim Beckham was 1-4…CF Brandon Guyer was 2-4 with an RBI.
- MONTGOMERY 5, Carolina 4: In 6 innings Jim Paduch gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 6…SS Hak-Ju Leewent 2-4, raising his average to .225 in double-A.
- Fort Myers 3, CHARLOTTE 0 (gm 1): Albert Suarez gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in 5.1 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 1…DH Jose Lobaton had 2 of the Stone Crabs’ 5 hits.
- Fort Myers 6, CHARLOTTE 1 (gm 2): Alex Koronis gave up 5 runs in 2 innings raising his ERA to 4.80…The Stone Crabs again managed just 5 hits.
- Great Lakes 2, BOWLING GREEN 1: Eli Suero gave up no runs in 5 innings on 2 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 3…LF Nick Schwaner hit his 8th home run for the Hot Rods lone run.
- Brooklyn @ HUDSON VALLEY: (postponed)
- Bristol 4, PRINCETON 3: LF Josh Sale went 1-4 with a double and is now hitting .203.