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: James the Greater. Another start, another complete game. That is 10 on the year and only the second pitcher with 10 complete games since the 2000. Also consider that Shields is working 1.1 more innings per game this year (7.1 ip) compared to last year (6.0 ip) meaning he is on pace to throw about 44 more innings this year. That is 44 fewer innings that the bullpen will be required to throw just because of Shields…Dirtbag Power. Evan Longoria hit 2 more home runs giving him 24 on the year. If he had not missed 27 games in April, Longo would have about 31 home runs. That would be 4th in the AL and only 6 behind the all-powerful Jose Bautista…Flash Power. Desmond Jennings hit another home run giving him 6 in just 32 games. That is already 8th on the team and just 1 behind Kelly Shoppach.
THE BAD: Ben Zobrist. Not the worst night ever, but Zorilla saw 12 pitches in 4 at bats, swung at 6 and hit the ball out of the infield once. And only 2 of the pitches made it past the pitcher.
THE TELLING: File this under something we have never seen. After initially ruling that John Jaso had not been hit by a pitch, the umpire corrected his call after waiting to see if a bruise would form. It did after about a minute…BJ Upton was back in the lineup for the first times since Monday…Jays manager John Farrell missed the game with pneumonia. He could return today.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- BJ Upton was claimed by an unidentified team after being placed on trade waivers. Marc Topkin calls a trade “unlikely.” [The Heater]
- Reid Brignac talks about his goal of regaining his starting job. [TampaBay.com]
- Blah, blah, blah. Another fan got tossed from The Trop for not turning his t-shirt inside out. This is an old and tiring story. [The Ledger]
- This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to Rays fans, but Dioner Navarro was let go by the Dodgers because he had no work ethic. [LA Times]
- Did the Player’s Association throw Aqib Talib under the bus just to get the CBA done. [Business Insider]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Charlotte 10, DURHAM 4: In 4 innings, Andy Sonnanstine gave up 8 runs (7 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7…SS Tim Beckham went 1-4 with a double and a walk…RF Brandon Guyer was 1-4 with a double and a walk.
- MONTGOMERY 12, Carolina 9: Kyle Lobstein gave up 5 runs in 5 innings in his double-A debut. He struck out 7 and walked 4. He also allowed 3 home runs…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 2-5 with a double and a walk…1B Henry Wrigley was 3-4 with his 16th home run. He drove in 4.
- CHARLOTTE 2, Fort Myers 1 (gm 1): The Stone Crabs completed an earlier game that had been suspended winning on a Tony Scelfo walk-off single in the 8th inning.
- Fort Myers 6, CHARLOTTE 3 (gm 2): Merrill Kelly gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings, striking out 4 and walking 4…DH Jose Lobaton went 1-5 with a double and 3 strikeouts on his rehab assignment…2B Tyler Bortnick went 1-4.
- BOWLING GREEN 7, Lansing 3: George Jensen picked up his 13th win, pitching 5 innings and giving up just 1 run. He struck out 4 and walked none…SS Derek Dietrich went 0-5 with 3 strikeouts.
- Brooklyn 7, HUDSON VALLEY 4 (gm 1): Lefty Robert Dickman made his 4th start giving up 5 runs, all unearned, in 4 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 1.
- Brooklyn 3, HUDSON VALLEY 0 (gm 2): Lefty Ryan Carpenter made his 3rd start, pitching 3 hitless inning. He allowed 3 strikeouts and a walk.
- Bristol 13, PRINCETON 7: 1B Cameron Seitzer went 2-4 and hit his 11th home run.