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: Web Gems. In the seventh inning with no outs, a runner on third and the Rays still nursing a 1-0 lead, Longoria went into foul territory to field a grounder from his knees. He then took just enough off the throw to clear the runner and get a surprised Delmon Young at the plate (here is the video). And then there was the glove flip by Reid Brignac to start a double-play in the 6th and erase a leadoff single.
THE BAD: Where’s the Beef? And just like that, the Rays lost their groove at home, once again struggling to find ways to push runners across the plate. 11 hits (including 2 doubles) and 4 walks, and yet they scored just 1 run. In five innings, the Rays had a runner on second or third, but they were only 1-7 with runners in scoring position. But maybe the biggest problem was that in only one inning did the Rays get a runner into scoring position with less than two outs. That runner scored.
THE TELLING: BJ Upton’s MRI on his shoulder was negative and he did pinch-hit last night…The game was delayed by 20 minutes after the weather caused some of the lights to go out. That sure seems to be happening a lot recently…The Rays shot their video for the “It Gets Better” campaign prior to last night’s game.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- We will be posting an interview with Evan Longoria shortly. So be sure to check back in a little bit.
- Will Andrew Friedman be baseball’s most important free agent this winter? [Business Insider]
- Marc Topkin appeared on “Chicago Tribune Live” yesterday and said he doesn’t see Andrew Friedman taking the Cubs’ GM job. [Chicago Tribune]
- Despite his control problems, Chris Archer has been promoted to triple-A. Archer was considered the key piece in the Matt Garza deal. [Montgomery Advertiser]
- Alex Cobb had a piece of a rib removed during his surgery. That piece may soon be a permanent fixture in Cobb’s locker. [TampaBay.com]
- John Romano makes a plea for expanding the baseball playoffs. [TampaBay.com]
- Former Rays catcher Dioner Navarro has been designated for assignment by the Dodgers. [ESPN]
- Martin Fennelly argues that the Rays can’t afford to lose Andrew Friedman. [TBO.com]
- A commenter brought something to our attention that we apparently missed. But here is an explanation for why the players go for the belt during the walk-off pile-ups (thanks Russ). [TampaBay.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Norfolk 6, DURHAM 4 (13): Matt Moore was at it again. This time he tossed 6 shutout innings, giving up 6 hits. He struck out 6 and walked just 1. His ERA is now 0.89 in 7 triple-A starts…SS Tim Beckham went 3-6 with his 3rd triple-A home run…CF Brandon Guyer added his 12th home run.
- Mississippi 4, MONTGOMERY 1: Shane Dyer gave up 4 runs in 6 innings…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-4 as the Biscuits managed just 5 hits.
- Jupiter 11, CHARLOTTE 5: CJ Riefenhauser gave up 7 runs (5 earned) in 3 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 2…2B Tyler Bortnick was 0-3 with a walk.
- BOWLING GREEN 10, Great Lakes 8: Enny Romero allowed 5 runs in 3 innings, striking out 2 and walking 3…DH Derek Dietrich went 2-5 and 1B Phil Wunderlich went 3-5 with 2 doubles.
- Vermont 5, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Jake Partridge gave up 5 runs in just 3.1 innings, raising his ERA to 4.82.
- Pulaski 5, PRINCETON 2: 3B Taylor Motter was 1-4, but is still hitting .345.