RAYS 7, Indians 6 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Michael Brantley. Who? The Indians center fielder. Carlos Pena is the master of the three true outcomes (HR, BB, K). But with the tying run on first, he laced a single to center field that Brantley inexplicably dove for and played into a triple. Not only did that allow the Rays to tie the game (if he just knocks the ball down, it is 1st and 3rd), but it put the go-ahead run on third base with just one out. And Ben Zobrist would complete the comeback one batter later with a single.
THE BAD: James Shields. Nobody needs the break more than James the Greater. He worked his typical 7 innings, but not before giving up 10 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter…BJ Upton. The other player that needs a break is Bossman. On Sunday he went 0-5 with 4 strikeouts. It is the third time this season he has struck out 4 times in a game. He is one of only 4 players this season to do it 3 times. He also has 24 Ks in his last 14 games. Not good…More Errors. Eight different players have played third base this season for the Rays. And it showed when Jeff Keppinger completely whiffed on a bouncing ball allowing a run to score in the third.
THE TELLING: Jeremy Hellickson will start the first game after the break, followed by David Price and James Shields…David Price has had a great first half, but there is no way he deserves to start the All-Star game over Justin Verlander (who will start), Jered Weaver or Chris Sale…The Rays will have two single-A pitchers in the MLB All-Star Futures Game, including Felipe Rivero and Enny Romero…Strange stat of the Day: The Rays are now 17-6 in Getaway games (travelling after game). But they are 0-6 in the final game of a series in which they are not traveling afterwards (home series followed by another home series)…Chris Archer was pulled from his start on Saturday with what was called “left oblique tightness” and “precautionary”…The Rays enter the break 45-41, 7.5 games behind the Yankees, but only one-half game behind the Orioles in the Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- As some of you are aware, I do more than write about the Rays. And you can see one example in the second GIF in this video. [YouTube] And if you want to see more, the best place is @CorkGaines on Twitter. [Twitter]
- Carl Crawford on his elbow: “Probably at some point it’s going to blow out on me.” [Boston Herald]
- A local paper spoke with one of the Rays first-round picks from the 2011 draft about how he is doing this year. [BDTonline.com]
- Just how good was the Bucs off-season? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Gwinnett 11, DURHAM 9. Lance Pendleton was pounded for 8 runs in just 2.2 innings, giving up 10 hits and a walk…C Chris Gimenez went 4-4 with a walk and his 4th home run…2B Reid Brignac had 2 hits including his 7th home run…1B Henry Wrigley was 3-5 with his 9th home run. He is hitting .337 in 49 games since being promoted…SS Tim Beckham went 0-5.
Jackson 8, MONTGOMERY 3. Jake Thompson gave up 5 runs in 5 innings on 10 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 6… SS Hak-Ju Lee had his hitting streak snapped, but did walk 3 times.
Palm Beach 5, CHARLOTTE 3. RF Mikie Mahtook hit his 4th home run and added his 17th stolen base…DH Derek Dietrich was 2-4 and is hitting .269.
BOWLING GREEN 7, Lake County 5. 1B Cameron Seitzer was 2-3, his 3rd multi-hit game in the last five…RF Drew Vettleson was 0-4.
HUDSON VALLEY 7, Auburn 2. Taylor Guerrieri returned to the mound and pitched 3 shutout innings, giving up just 1 hit. He struck out 2 and walked none.
Danville 9, PRINCETON 4. SS Brandon Martin had a double and a walk in 5 plate appearances.