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: Big Dub. Wade Davis joins the complete game club with his first of the season. It was the Rays 15th, and now David Price is the only pitcher in the rotation without one. Davis tied his season-high of 8 strikeouts and did not walk a batter…JJ Dyn-O-Mite! Joe Maddon didn’t rest any of his regulars last night and some of surprise names provided most of the offense. The big blow was a 3-run home run by John Jaso that gave the Rays an early 3-0 lead.
THE BAD: Up Top. Joe Maddon went with a new top of the order twosome of Desmond Jennings followed by BJ Upton. That’s a lot of speed. But as they say, you can’t steal first base. And last night those two combined to go 1-10 with 6 strikeouts.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now trail the Red Sox by 5.5 games (5 in the loss column)…With the Durham Bulls eliminated from the playoffs, Joe Maddon said 1-2 players will be promoted immediately (Dan Johnson, Matt Bush?) and some more may come later…Rays are now 7-5 against the Red Sox this season.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Jose Lobaton was held out one extra day, but is hopeful to return tonight. [TampaBay.com]
- The Blue Man Group paid Joe Maddon a visit before throwing out the first pitch last night. [VIDEO]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Columbus 5, DURHAM 2: (Durham loses series 3-0) In 6 innings, Alex Torres allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks…Matt Bush struck out 2 in 1 shutout inning of relief…SS Tim Beckham went 2-4 with a double and an RBI…DH Stephen Vogt was 3-4 with a double.
- Fort Wayne 5, BOWLING GREEN 1: (Bowling Green loses series 2-0) Victor Mateo allowed 4 runs in 5 innings…SS Derek Dietrich went 1-4.