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 Shields. Back to James the Greater. 7.1 innings, 6 Ks and 1 run, which of course, came via a home run. And Shields did it without his usual dominating change. He overcame that and battled with a solid fastball, and kept the hitters off-balance with heavy load of curves and sliders (43 combined)…Just What the Hitting Doctor Ordered. Carlos Villanueva gave the Rays hitters exactly what they needed, extra batting practice. His fastball was 86-89 with little movement. The home run Ben Zobrist hit was a 79 mph belt-high change. You could tell early on that the Rays were going to tee-off. It was just a matter of how long the Jays stuck with Villanueva. And they stuck with him just long enough for the Rays to score 8 times…So That’s What A Leadoff Hitter Looks Like. Two more hits for Desmond Jennings, including his second triple since being brought up. He is now 14-42 (.333) and has been on base 22 times in 11 games…Honey Nut Chirinos. Robinson Chirinos hit his first career home run and boy did he have a big smile on his face. He finished 2-2 with 2 walks. Not a bad night. If he can show anything behind the plate, he and Jose Lobaton will be the Rays catchers in 2012.
THE BAD: Bullpens. There are a lot of reasons most teams no longer have their bullpens on the field. Safety isn’t one of them, but maybe it should be. Justin Ruggiano took a nasty tumble chasing a foul ball late in the game. If he had been injured, it certainly would have led to another round of “hey the Trop is a dump!” stories.
THE TELLING: The last 7 times the Rays have had the bases loaded with no outs, they failed to score 6 times (via JB Long)…Jeremy Hellickson will skip his next start. It has not been announced when he will start again.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Tonight is the big Tweet-up with Darren Rovell of CNBC. Here is the full schedule. [Twitter]
- Drew Vettleson was named Appalachian League player of the week. [Charleston Daily Mail]
- Did Erik Bedard intentionally lose to the Rays
prior to the trade deadline? [Rays Colored Glasses]
- The Rays have never scored fewer runs at home than they are scoring this season. [TampaBay.com]
- Here is a look at how the 2010 Rays relief corps is doing with their new teams. [MLBTR]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 5, Charlotte 3: Alex Torres struck out 7 and walked 2 in 5 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned). In 111.2 minor league innings this season, Torres has 117 Ks and 60 walks, with a 2.98 ERA…SS Reid Brignac went 1-4 with a double and a walk. He is 6-21 in 6 games since being demoted…DH Stephen Vogt continues his hot start in triple-A, going 2-4 with his first triple-A home run. He is now 8-17 in his first 4 games…1B Dan Johnson homered for the second-straight game.
- Jacksonville 6, MONTGOMERY 2: Alex Colome allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 6.1 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 4. His ERA is now 3.18…SS Tim Beckham went 1-4 with a double.
- Palm Beach 10, CHARLOTTE 4: Kyle Lobstein gave up 6 runs in 4 innings, striking out just 1 and walking 2…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-3 and is hitting .316…C Mark Thomaswent 3-4 with his 11th home run.
- BOWLING GREEN 8, Fort Wayne 4: Eli Suero gave up 2 runs in 5 innings…SS Derek Dietrich had a double and 2 RBI in 5 at bats.
- Batavia @ HUDSON VALLEY:
- PRINCETON 5, Danville 4: RF Drew Vettleson was 1-3 with a walk and is hitting .333…1B Cameron Seitzer was 1-4.
James Shields (via TampaBay.com)