The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Yankees 5, RAYS 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. With no Desmond Jennings, Zobrist batted leadoff and delivered 2 hits and 2 walks, including a triple in the 8th that would eventually cut the lead to one.

THE BAD: Holding Kepp. With one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, we understand why Tom Foley held Jeff Keppinger at third base on the double by Will Rhymes in the 7th. But Joe Maddon always says he wants his runners being aggressive on the basepaths, and Foley was not in that case. Nor was he on the flyball to right field immediately after that…Strikes. We are still waiting for David Robertson to throw Carlos Pena a strike. And yet somehow Pena struck out looking to end the game.

THE TELLING: BJ Upton batted third for the first time this season…Remember when it felt like the Rays couldn’t lose a game? The Rays have now lost 3 straight…Tonight’s game will be on ESPN.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Jeff Keppinger was placed on the restricted list following the game for a “personal matter.” Brandon Guyer was promoted to take his place. According to Marc Topkin, Keppinger could be back as soon as tomorrow. [@TBTimes_Rays]
  • Desmond Jennings is hopeful that he will be able to play today. [TampaBay.com]
  • Dick Vitale was doing a little trash talking to Nick Swisher before the game. [@DickieV]
  • Can Derek Jeter get to 4,000 hits? [BI Sports]
  • Are there too many former Rutgers players on the Bucs roster? [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Syracuse 4, DURHAM 2 (gm 1). Jim Paduch allowed 4 runs in 5 innings…LF Kyle Hudson had 2 of the Bulls’ 3 hits…SS Reid Brignac went 1-2 with a walk.

DURHAM 2, Syracuse 1 (gm 2). Chris Archer gave up just 1 run on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out 5 in 6 innings…

MONTGOMERY 6, Chattanooga 1. Shane Dyer allowed just 1 unearned run in 6 innings, striking out 3 and walking 3…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 1-3 with a double and 2 walks. He also committed his 7th error…CF Brad Coon went 0-3 but did walk once and stole his 10th base.

Daytona 12, CHARLOTTE 4. Grayson Garvin was pounded for 7 runs (6 earned) in just 1.1 innings.

Lake County 4, BOWLING GREEN 3. Felipe Rivero struck out 5 and walked 3 in 5 innings. He allowed 1 run and 4 hits…RF Drew Vettleson went 3-5 with a double. He is hitting .281…DH Jeff Malm had a triple going 2-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Not sure how we missed this on Saturday night. Probably because we were too busy hurting inanimate objects. But Brandon Inge’s home run hit a guy and a lady in unfortunate spots…

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10 Comments

  1. Jason C says:

    A walk isnt the worst thing in the world there…brings in a run and keeps the bases loaded. We all know Pena doesnt hit the outside pitch very well. Lord knows hes not going to hit a pitch closer to the batter’s box than the plate.

    All in all, the ump sucked last night. He was deathly afraid to call a 3rd strike. I cant count the number of pitches that were strikes early in the count that turned into balls with 2 strikes. I hate inconsistencies like that.

  2. Alex says:

    What exactly was Foley afraid of? Swisher’s wiffle ball arm? I’m sorry but he has to be one of the worst 3rd base coaches I’ve ever seen. He may do other things for the team very well, but base running management during the game is not one of them. There have been a couple of instances this year already and numerous times over the years where this kind of thing has happened.

    And on a side note: Jose Molina may be the worst defensive catcher I’ve ever seen. He makes Navarro look like a gold glove caliber catcher. Molina may set the record for the most passed balls and wild pitches in a year.

  3. KillaTapes says:

    I too was extremely frustrated at Foley’s hold calls, BUT- after they showed the replays it did look like Kepp would have been hosed on both of those plays did it not? Is there a way to time it up, i.e. simultaneous video of the throw and Kepp rounding to home on a similar play? Was sort of hoping they would have been able to analyze that during the telecast. Maybe I just came up with the next “Foxtrack” type of in-game technological analysis. ;)

    • Beth says:

      The replay made it seem as though scoring on the sac fly would have been a problem — Swisher’s throw was right on line, and when you are tagging up you don’t have a running start.

      Harder to say about the previous play, however, as Keppinger already had a good deal of momentum. That’s where I think Foley made the error — I think you need to make the outfielder make that perfect throw. If your runner is thrown out, you still have an out to play with, and chances are your hitter can move up to third while the play is going on at home. Like others, I would agree that the decision to send him on the hit should have taken into consideration the odds of the next two batters being able to score him.

      • KillaTapes says:

        Right, as I said, I definitely was frustrated that he wasn’t sent. My point is that it looked like on both plays that he would have been hosed. Swisher made strong and accurate throws on both plays, but obviously that’s not definitive evidence that he would or would not have been safe.

        • Alex says:

          On the Will Rhymes double Swisher barely got the ball to the infield. He has an AWFUL arm.

          • KillaTapes says:

            It was a one hop to the cutoff man at first base who had the ball in his hands ready to throw to home just after Kepp rounded third. (Just watched the replay on mlb.tv)

            Again, not saying I think he would have been out or that Swisher has a great arm or that Foley’s the best base coach in the biz. Just saying that it would have been a close play.

  4. Gus says:

    Alex, Beth, Killa Tapes: Welcome to my world of fretting over Foley, the worst 3b coach in the league. I’ve been at it for 10 years. He appears, along with Dwayne Statts’ hair, to be a permanent fixture of the Rays organization that would survive a nuclear winter. Something we have to live with, I guess.

    • Beth says:

      Well, Gus, you’ve given me the opportunity to return to one of my favorite hobby horses: what do all those coaches do? As they’ve got a pitching coach to work with pitchers and a hitting coach to work with hitters, and a bench coach to coordinate in-game strategy and they even have a special bullpen coach to answer the phone in the bullpen, why do they need to carry full time salaries for first and third base coaches are just there to:1. relay signs from the dugout; 2. pat guys on a rear end when they arrive at either first or third base, and 3. decide whether to send a guy home from third. #3 is the only one that requires any thought at all, and Foley doesn’t seem to do it particularly well.

      As for the rear-end patting, I’d volunteer to do if for free.

  5. Jason C says:

    Not at all…he was doing it for both sides. I never even mentioned the Rays in that part. He was just horrible overall.

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