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: Reaching New Heights. What in the world has gotten into Jeff Niemann? The Giraffe worked into the 9th inning for the first time in over a year going 8.2 innings. And his efficiency was amazing. And outside of the 9th inning, he appeared to get stronger as the game went deeper, needing just 17 pitches combined to get through the 7th and 8th innings. And now, in his last 6 starts he has a 1.69 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 10 walks (42.2ip)…Bossman. BJ Upton had just his third 3-hit game of the year, and was on base 5 times.
THE BAD: Sean Rodriguez. Since hitting his home run last weekend, Rodriguez is 0-11 with 4 strikeouts and no walks.
THE TELLING: The Yankees are now a game up on the Red Sox and the Rays are 9 behind the Sox…Jeremy Hellickson’s next start will be Monday…Look for Robinson Chirinos to steal some starts versus lefties from Kelly Shoppach in the near future.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- “…with more than 50 games to go, the Rays…are already eliminated from the playoffs…This would be the equivalent of the New York Jets being eliminated from the playoff race at 6-5.” [Business Insider]
- Evan Longoria got a new puppy, Jango (on the right). David Price’s dog is on the left (thanks Caity). [Image]
- Joe Maddon says the 6-man rotation will end soon. He also mentioned that John Jaso may not be back until September. [TampaBay.com]
- It sounds like Grant Balfour wanted to re-sign with the Rays last winter. [SFGate]
- Carl Crawford is having a horrible season. Prior to last night, Derek Jeter’s batting average was higher than Crawford’s OBP. WEEI wonders where the outrage is in Boston. [WEEI]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Lehigh Valley 4, DURHAM 3: Ryan Reid made his 3rd start for Durham striking out 5 in 4.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks…SS Reid Brignac was 1-3 with a walk…DH Stephen Vogt had yet another multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a double. He has now hit safely in all 6 games since being promoted (11-25) and has 4 multi-hit games.
- MONTGOMERY 6, Mobile 2: Jim Paduch allowed 2 runs in 5 innings…SS Tim Beckham was 1-3 with a double. He also committed his 19th error.
- Palm Beach 6, CHARLOTTE 0: Alex Koronis allowed 3 runs in 4 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 3. His ERA is 4.12…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-3 with a walk…2B Tyler Bortnick had a single and a walk in 4 plate appearances.
- Fort Wayne 7, BOWLING GREEN 2: Braulio Lara gave up 6 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 3…SS Derek Dietrich was 1-4 and is hitting .285.
- Aberdeen 10, HUDSON VALLEY 3: SS Leo Reginatto hit his 1st home run of the year.
- Danville 7, PRINCETON 5: 1B Cameron Seitzerwent 0-2 but did have 2 walks.