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: Jeremy Hellickson. Hellboy did not allow a hit until the 5th innings, retiring 15 of the first 16 he faced. You do have to wonder why Joe Maddon kept Hellickson in the game in the 8th inning when the team is apparently already concerned about his workload this season. The score was 8-0 and Hellickson had already thrown 106 pitches…Desmond Jennings. The boxscore says Jennings went 0-4. But he single-handedly gave the Rays an early lead with his work in the first inning. It started by reaching on an error, a questionable call on a tough grounder. He then stole second, and then moved to third on the catcher’s errant throw. And then on a sharp grounder to third, Jennings broke home on contact and slid around the tag.
THE BAD: BJ Upton. Bases loaded with one out in the 3rd inning, Upton on first. Casey Kotchman hit an easy line drive to Ichiro in right field, and for some reason, Upton broke for second and was easily doubled-off to end the inning…Sam Fuld. Super Sammy went 0-5 and is now hitting .213 since the end of April.
THE TELLING: The Rays are 8.5 games behind the Yankees in the Wild Card race, and just 1.5 games ahead of the Blue Jays…Juan Cruz began a rehab assignment on Saturday night with single-A Charlotte.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- BJ Upton called the past two weeks “the most nerve-wracking” he’s ever had. [Rays Report]
- Other AL East teams were busy at the deadline. The Rays made just one trade, and that was a minor leaguer for cash. [MLBTR]
- St. Pete’s city council elections could have an impact on how the city handles the Rays. [TampaBay.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 3, Charlotte 2: Matt Torra allowed 2 runs 4.2 innings…SS Reid Brignac went 1-4 with a double…C Stephen Vogt went 1-4 with a double. He is 3-8 in his first 2 triple-A games.
- Jacksonville 3, MONTGOMERY 2: SS Tim Beckham was 0-4 with a walk and his 12 steal.
- CHARLOTTE 7, Tampa 0: Jake Thompsonthrew 8 shutout innings, striking out 7 and walking just 1…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 1-4 with a walk and his 27th steal…CF Ty Morrison went 3-5 with a triple, and DH Tyler Bortnick had 2 hits and a walk.
- BOWLING GREEN 3, Dayton 1: Wilking Rodriguez tossed 4 shutout innings. He struck out 5 and walked none…3B Julio Cedeno hit his 5th home run…SS Derek Dietrich went 0-3 with a walk.
- Williamsport 3, HUDSON VALLEY 2: LF Craige Lyerly hit his 3rd home run.
- PRINCETON 6, Greeneville 1: RF Drew Vettleson went 3-4 with a walk and a double. He is hitting .343…LF Josh Sale went 0-5 and is hitting .208.