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

Royals 5, RAYS 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. Three more hits from Zorilla including the huge 2-run triple to tie the game in the 8th. Sure felt like there was no way the Rays could lose at that point, especially considering they still had Zo on third base and just 1 out. But Zobrist was thrown out at home on a groundball and 2 batters later, Hideki Matsui struck out to end the threat. Zobrist has now raised his batting average nearly 50 points in just 3 weeks, hitting .369 (24-65) during that stretch.

THE BAD: Joel Peralta. This might have been the first game in which Peralta’s suspension cost the Rays a chance to win a game. Moore started the 8th inning to face the lefty Mike Moustakas. But without Peralta, Maddon went to Burke Badenhop who promptly hit the go-ahead home run.

THE TELLING: As Expected, Chris Archer was optioned back to Durham where the defense is probably better. Look for Luke Scott to be activated today…Durham Bulls reliever Dane de la Rosa has been named to the triple-A International League All-Star team…The Rays are now 6.5 games behind the Yankees and tied with the Red Sox, 1.5 games behind the Orioles. All 5 teams in the East are above .500.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Jeremy Hellickson is ready to go Saturday. And Matt Joyce is hoping to be activated on July 5. [TampaBay.com]
  • Joe Maddon says he dropped Desmond Jennings in the lineup because he was swinging at too many pitches outside of the strikezone. Also, the Rays say Hideki Matsui’s role will be reduced once Luke Scott returns. [TBO.com]
  • Former Rays catcher Dioner Navarro has been named to the AAA IL All-Star team. Congrats? He will be joined by former Rays Russ Canzler and Dan Johnson.
  • Joel Guzman, whom the Rays traded Julio Lugo for once upon a time, and who played 16 games for the Rays in 2007, has been released from the Reds’ double-A club.
  • If you are looking for and Rays 1979 throwback gear, there is a bunch now available in the MLB Shop. [MLB Shop]
  • The guys at Bullpen Banter, recently went and watched rays 2011 top pick Taylor Guerrieri make a start for Hudson Valley. Here’s the video. [YouTube]
  • Interestingly, Luke Scott is endorsing a product that helps shape baseball gloves. [MyPerfectGlove] You can see him talking about it here (thanks Gus). [YouTube]
  • Gus also leads us to this glove, called “Da Big Sexy,” which is a project that involves Gabe Kapler (of course) and Chris Novak. [Novak]
  • Toby David interviewed Tommy John. [TobyDavid.com]
  • The Bucs are pushing hard for an opening day sellout. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 4, Syracuse 3. Alex Torres returned to Durham and started, but only worked 1 inning, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 2…Kyle Farnsworth pitched a scoreless 3rd inning, striking out 2 and gave up 1 hit…2B Tim Beckham went 2-4…RF Rich Thompson had 3 hits and a walk. He also stole 2 bases…SS Reid Brignac was 1-4 and is hitting .217.

Jacksonville 5, MONTGOMERY 2. Kyle Lobstein allowed just 2 runs on 2 hits in 5 innings, but walked 4 batters. He struck out 6…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 3-5 to raise his average to .258.

CHARLOTTE 5, Brevard Co. 3 (gm 1). The Stone Crabs first completed a suspended game from Tuesday with Enny Romero giving up 3 runs in 4 innings on 3 hits and 5 walks…Mikie Mahtook went 2-4 with a triple.

Brevard Co. 8, CHARLOTTE 1 (gm 2). Albert Suarez went 4 innings, giving up 6 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 4. His ERA is now 3.93…CF Mikie Mahtook went 1-3 and drove in the only run…SS Derek Dietrich was 1-2.

Brevard Co. 8, CHARLOTTE 5 (gm 3). Eli Suero gave up 6 runs in just 3 innings, raising his ERA to 7.86…SS Derek Dietrich hit his 7th home run…RF Mikie Mahtook was 1-4 with 2 strikeouts.

West Michigan 7, BOWLING GREEN 0. Ryan Carpenter gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk in 5 innings. He struck out 3…RF Drew Vettleson went 0-4 and LF Josh Sale was 1-4.

Brooklyn 4, HUDSON VALLEY. DH Justin O’Connor had 2 hits including a double.

PRINCETON 6, Greeneville 3. SS Brandon Martin had a double, triple, and a walk.

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8 Comments

  1. Dave L says:

    Good news Pettite and Sabathia just went down so maybe they will come back to earth after this mammoth run they were on.

  2. Dave L says:

    Yes Don. Since we root for the Rays to win baseball games and thier division opponents to lose baseball games that makes us Rays fans.

    As you said you are not a Rays fan so you have a different perspective.

  3. Hal says:

    Reduced role??? How about gone? His pinch-hitting prowess was on display yesterday. When reached for comment Mr. Matsui expressed his deep regret that he was only able to record only one out on the play because the Rays had allready recorded two outs in the inning. It has been Mr. Matui’s custom to record 2 outs per at bat since his arrival with the Rays; he was able to save some face however by striking out and leaving 2 men stranded.

  4. Mike Roosa says:

    I really don’t see the need for Matsui on this team. I’d rather give Vogt an extended look or another bat in the organization. We can only hope that the return of Scott, Joyce and Longoria comes soon.

    • bbmern says:

      Matsui has to go! Everytime he comes up to back with a runner on first base, he hits into a double play. Nice try with Matsui…I’m over him.

    • Drew says:

      Brandon Allen has an OPS of .964 in 62 PA’s at Durham. Ryan Garko has an OPS of .934 in 155 PA’s at Mongomery. Leslie Anderson has an OPS of .822 in 284 PA’s at Durham. These are veteran guys who couldn’t possibly do worse than .162/.225/.257 in 80 PA’s. The Rays got rid of Pat Burrell (I F’ing hate typing that name) in 2010 after only 84 PA’s, and he was hitting a hell of a lot better than Matsui is right now, not to mention the monetary losses were much greater with that move.

  5. Harborgal2160 says:

    The Kansas City broadcasters mentioned that they had “just beaten Cliff Lee” and were “competitive in the AL East” and were tired after the Philly double header. How bad are we when the other team’s announcers have to defend us as being competitive?

  6. Dave L says:

    Because you want the Rays to lose. I have no idea who you are a fan of nor do I care but its obvoiusly not the Rays

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