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

RAYS (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. Cobb pitched a solid 7 innings giving up just 2 runs on just 2 hits and a walk. You can’t ask for more than that from a rookie pitching in Replica Yankee Stadium. What? Joe Maddon kept him for the start of the 8th inning? On a day when only one relief pitcher was unavailable? Well, let’s just pretend like that didn’t happen, and charge those runs to Maddon.

THE BAD: The Offense. Things looked good when Desmond Jennings led off the game with a single. But then the next 23 batters went 0-21 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch before Sean Rodriguez doubled in the 8th inning.

THE TELLING: The loss drops the Rays into third place, 1 game behind the Orioles and a half-game behind the Yankees…With Brandon Allen being designated for assignment yesterday, we should remember that it was almost exactly one year ago that the Rays did the same thing with Dan Johnson.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • We have two GIFs from last night’s game below…
  • Evan Longoria is hoping to start a rehab assignment early next week and could be back the week after that. [TampaBay.com]
  • Evan Longoria is apparently growing out a DL Beard. [@RaysGameDay]
  • CBSSports.com ranks the Rays 8th in the Power Rankings, but calls the NL East the “easy No. 1 for best division race.” [CBSSports.com]
  • This is an amazing picture of the Durham Bulls. [@DurhamBulls]
  • Where has the offense gone? [BRaysballTalk]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Scranton/WB 9, DURHAM 4. Lance Pendleton struck out 7 but walked 4 and allowed 9 hits and 5 runs in 5.2 innings…Josh Lueke gave up 4 runs in 2.1 innings of relief…1B Henry Wrigley continues to hit well since being promoted, going 3-4 with his 5th home run…DH Leslie Anderson was 1-4…SS Reid Brignac went 0-2 with a walk.

Tennessee 3, MONTGOMERY 2. Alex Colome was pulled after just 3.2 innings having given up 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 5…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-4…2B Tyler Bortnick was 2-4 with a double and a walk.

CHARLOTTE 4, Lakeland 1 (gm 1). Enny Romero gave up just 1 unearned run on 4 hits and 2 walks in 5.1 innings. He struck out 6…2B Derek Dietrich had 2 hits including a double…CF Mikie Mahtook stole his 12th base.

Lakeland 10, CHARLOTTE 3 (gm 2). SS Derek Dietrich was 1-3 with a triple and an RBI…CF Mikie Mahtook was 1-3 with 2 strikeouts. He also stole his 13th base.

BOWLING GREEN 4, Lansing 4 (10-suspended). SS Jake Hager hit his 2nd home run…LF Josh Sale went 0-4 and CF Drew Vettleson was 1-4…2B Ryan Brett ent 1-4 with a walk and stole his 16th base.

BJ Upton just missed a home run, but he didn’t miss Nick Swisher’s face…

We’re not sure what the cameraperson was looking for, but the timing was unfortunate…

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10 Comments

  1. Michael says:

    A lot of warning track power last night.

    I’ll live with it.

    Desmond Jennings’ triple made the whole grueling experience worth it.

    Glad he can run already

  2. phil says:

    Hey Cork, Kinda off subject but where is Tyler Guerrier playing this year? I know he is in Extended spring training but where will he play in June?

    Also, any idea how he is doing?

  3. Rob says:

    How do we not pick up a run with a guy at third and nobody out?

    • Joe says:

      Heh, imagine if it was 2-1 instead of 4-1. There would be a whole lot more “season is over” talk going on after that

  4. Brianknowsbest says:

    The Good: Back to back triples, flash and bossman. When longoria is in the lineup , if those two have back to back triples we are usually in for a big inning.

  5. Joe says:

    Zobrist is trying to get his AVG back to normal in 1 swing. He hasn’t been swinging well all year so for a while, he took his walks but now he just swings at hopes. Not exactly what I want to see from a guy who was our most consistent hitter and fielder…

    • Hal says:

      He really needs to sit and watch a couple of games. Just clear his head. His swings are just awful right now. When he does make contact he just rolls over the ball and hits weak double play balls. Some of his swings last night were just silly. But who plays for him? The alternatives don’t exactly inspire.

      And Matsui is tearing up the warning track.

      I hate when the Rays get to this point every year.

      • CC says:

        If I hear the guys on TV talk about Zobrist only hitting 203 but ids still getting on base via walks. My head is gonna explode.

  6. Chris D says:

    Hated hated hated that Joe left Cobb out there to hang in the 8th inning. What in the world did that accomplish? The entire pen was available practically and instead you ruin the kid’s confidence.

    Terrible job there of managing.

    • Joe says:

      He should of been out of the game but don’t worry about his confidence. The kid is a Hellickson clone, he’s already done well in Yankee Stadium and Fenway this year, he will be just fine when he faces the Mets next.

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