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: The Usual, Starting Pitching. In the opener, James Shields tossed his ninth complete game in a losing effort. He struck out six and walked just one. And then in the nightcap, Jeff Niemann continued his second-half domination, striking out 10 and walking 1 in a complete game win. He held the Red Sox to 2 runs on 3 hits…Desmond Jennings. Flash had 3 hits in the double-header including his 5th home run. He also stole his 9th base…Ben Zobrist. Zorilla continues to quietly carry this team. He had four more hits on the day and is now ranked as the 5th most valuable player in the AL according to Fangraph’s WAR.
THE BAD: Replayed. In the top of the 4th of the first game, with the Rays trailing by 2, Casey Kotchman hit a ball down the right field line. The ball was ruled foul. And despite a mild protest by Kotchman and some questioning of the call by Joe Maddon from the dugout, the umpires never went to the replay booth. And if they had they would have seen that the ball clearly passed in front of the foul pole. And there is a big difference between a 2-run game and a 1-run game…Triple-Played. For the second time in team history, the Rays hit into a triple-play. Here is the video.
THE TELLING: Alex Cobb will now have his surgery on Thursday.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays won’t have a draft haul in 2012 anywhere close to this year’s class. As of now, Kyle Farnsworth, is the only potential free agent (Type A) that would net the Rays any draft picks by signing elsewhere. But he has a 2012 option on his contract that the Rays are likely to pick up. Unless of course they think 2012 was a fluke and won’t the draft picks. [MLBTR]
- Is the Tampa Bay sports market “overextended.” [Joe Bucs Fan]
- Rays fans are the worst, blah, blah, blah. And what is the criteria? The numbers. Because you know, it’s impossible for a hospital to have good doctors unless there are a lot of them. [LA Times]
- Evan Longoria credits his recent strong play to a new pair of kicks. [MLB]
- Tonight, the Hudson Valley Renegades will be giving away an Evan Longoria Build-A-Bear. [MiLB]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 2, Scranton/WB 0: Matt Torra pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits and walk. He struck out 3…SS Tim Beckham was 1-3 and is now 8-25 in his first 6 triple-A games…RF Matt Carson hit his first home run since coming over from the A’s system…DH John Jasowent 0-3 and CF Brandon Guyer went 0-4.
- Birmingham 4, MONTGOMERY 2: Jim Paduch gave up 4 runs in 5 innings on 8 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 4…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-5 and is now 5-26 in his first 6 double-A games.
- Bradenton 7, CHARLOTTE 6: Alex Koronis allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 4 innings. He struck out 5…C Jake Jefferies hit his 2nd home run of the year, a solo shot…2B Tyler Bortnick went 3-3 with a walk and a double. He also stole 3 bases, giving him 41 for the year.
- BOWLING GREEN: (no games scheduled)
- HUDSON VALLEY: (no games scheduled)
- Danville 3, PRINCETON 2: RF Drew Vettleson went 2-4 to raise his average to .295.