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: Cleaning Up. He is still not getting a lot of hits, but it seems that every time he does, he is driving in a run or two. Last night his double in the first gave the Rays an early 2-0 lead, that would hold until the 7th inning.
THE BAD: Coming Undone. David Price cruised through the first 6 innings, retiring 18 of the first 21 he faced with 10 strikeouts. In one stretch, he retired 15 of 16 with half of those batters going down on strikes. But then everything unraveled in the 7th. with 1 out and a runner on first and a 1-2 count to Mark Reynolds, Price then threw 7 of the next 8 pitches out of the strikezone, walking back-to-back batters and loading the bases. A sac fly and 2 singles later, the Rays 2-0 lead is now a 3-2 deficit…Coming Undone part 2. After scoring 2 in the first and getting a leadoff double from Jose Lobaton in the second, only 3 of the next 22 batters would reach base, and two of those were retired on double-plays. As fans, we can watch Price and think he isn’t giving up any runs. As a hitter, you can’t do that.
THE TELLING: Ben Zobrist had to leave the game early with stiffness in his neck…The Durham Bulls clinched their 5th straight division title…The Rays chances of making the playoffs have now fallen below 1 percent.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Jose Lobaton is going to get a nice long look in September. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon is still dreaming of a playoff spot. But if that can’t happen, his next goal is the third best record in the AL. [Rays Report]
- Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon suffered a stroke yesterday. Afterwards, there was an unfortunate situation caused by Selmon’s own PR staff in which it was reported that Selmon had died. [Business Insider]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 4, Norfolk 1: Matt Moore struck out 10 and walked 3 in just 6 innings. He allowed 1 run. His ERA is now 1.37 in 52.2 triple-A innings, with 79 strikeouts…SS Tim Beckham went 1-5…1B Dan Johnson was 2-4 with his 12th home run.
- Chattanooga 8, MONTGOMERY 2: Kyle Lobstein gave up 4 runs in 6 innings in his second double-A start…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
- Bradenton 5, CHARLOTTE 4: 2011 4th round pick 3B Riccio Torrez hit his first home run as a pro.
- Dayton 11, BOWLING GREEN 5: Victor Mateo gave up 7 runs (4 earned) in 4.1 innings…2B Robby Price was 2-5 with his 6th home run…1B Phil Wunderlich had 2 doubles and his 17th home run.
- HUDSON VALLEY 3, Aberdeen 0 (gm 1): Ryan Carpenter gave up just 1 hit and a walk in 4 shutout innings. His ERA is now 0.76 in 23.1 innings.
- HUDSON VALLEY 5, Aberdeen 4 (gm 2): 1B Jeff Malm doubled and drove in a run.
Jose Lobaton (via TampaBay.com)