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: Addicted to Farnsville. Joe Maddon is addicted to Kyle Farnsworth. Remember when JoeMa was so adamant that the Rays didn’t have a closer? Farnsville has made 52 appearances this season. He pitched the 9th and/or final inning 48 times. And of the Rays 24 saves, Fansworth has 22 of them…Big Dub. For the first time since July 1, Wade Davis allowed less than 3 runs in a start. And his 8 strikeouts were a season-high, and only the third time this season he has struck out more than 4…Bossman. BJ Upton did his best Desmond Jennings impersonation, playing like a man possessed last night. After his 1-out single in the 5th, he stole second, and then stole third, before coming home on Jaso’s bunt. Upton also made a nice running grab on a ball that would have landed Sam Fuld on Sportscenter (Fuld would have needed to dive to get the ball).
THE BAD: John Jaso. Yes, his sac bunt brought in the first run for the Rays. And he did throw out a runner. But the basestealer was actually safe, and it was Jaso trying to rush a tag and missing a throw from Sean Rodriguez in the 3rd that gave the Mariners their first run. Besides we just really miss Jose Lobaton.
THE TELLING: James Shields will start tomorrow and Jeff Niemann will get an extra day of rest and start on Monday…The Rays still trail the Red Sox by 8 games in the loss column (you can make up wins, you can’t make up losses).
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Sam Fuld’s smile was missing something last night (you can see the result in the video below). [TampaBay.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 7, Scranton/WB 4: Brian Baker gave up 4 runs in 4 innings…CF Brandon Guyerwent 4-5 with a double and a triple, raising his average to .313, 5th in the IL. His .887 OPS is third…DH Dan Johnson hit his 9th home run.
- MONTGOMERY 11, Birmingham 0: Alex Colome tossed 6.2 shutout inning, striking out 4 and walking 3…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-3 with 3 walks. He also stole 2 bases.
- Fort Myers @ CHARLOTTE: (postponed)
- Lansing 6, BOWLING GREEN 2: Wilking Rodriguez gave up 4 runs in 4.1 innings, striking out 5. His ERA is now 3.33…SS Derek Dietrich homered for the fifth straight game, giving him 21 on the year.
- HUDSON VALLEY 6, State College 4: Andrew Bellatti gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in 5.1 innings. He struck out 5 and walked none.
- PRINCETON 6, Bristol 3: CF Joel Caminero went 3-5 with a triple. He is hitting .344.
Sam Fuld (via TampaBay.com)